TEHRAN – The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said on Sunday that one should never expect help from the United States and certain other countries that are behind the insecurity and instability in Iraq.
Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in response to the capture of large swathes of northwest Iraq by terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Definitely, one should not expect help from the elements behind those created insecurity in Iraq,” the top Iranian security chief said.
Shamkhani also thanked the Shia and Sunni Muslims as well as Kurds who have responded positively to the calls by religious authorities to defend their country against ISIL terrorists.
He also dismissed speculation by Western media outlets that Iran and the United State may cooperate to counter attacks by ISIL, saying, “These things are a psychological warfare and quite unrealistic.”
He added, “As we have announced, in case of an official request by the government of Iran, we will consider helping Iraq within the framework of international regulations… and this is purely a bilateral issue which has nothing to do with a third country.”
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