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Iran advising Iraqi Kurds in fight against extremist militants





Tehran: Iran is providing advice to Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Wednesday.

"We have given help with policy and advice to the Iraq government. We have acted in the same manner to Iraqi Kurdistan," Amir-Abdollahian told the Arabic service of state television.  

Tehran has no military presence in Baghdad, nor in the shrine city of Samarra to its north nor the Kurdish region of Iraq, he added.

"We have not sent weapons either, but we have given advice and shared our experiences," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham said talks were also under way with some European countries.

"Iran has begun discussions with European countries about the danger from terrorism and takfiris (extremists) and the increase in their activities," Afkham said in reply to a question about British Prime Minister David Cameron's statement on cooperation with Iran against Islamic State (IS).

Amir-Abdollahian accused the United States of doing nothing to halt "the flow of capital" to extremist groups in neighbouring Syria, while Washington "monitors the tiniest Iranian petrodollar through the international banking system."

These groups "sell and buy weapons in Syria and with the help of certain countries in the region... sell between $3 and $7 million of petrol every day," the deputy minister alleged.


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