|Iran ready to provide military aid to Iraq to deal with terrorists||
TEHRAN – Iran is ready to provide military aid to the Iraqi army to help it in the fight against al Qaeda-linked terrorists if the Arab country asks for Tehran’s help, the deputy chairman of Iran’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced on Sunday.
“We have not received any official request yet, but if they make a request, we will certainly provide them with equipment and consultations,” Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi told reporters.
Hejazi also said that the Iraqi army has enough troops to deal with the terrorists and there is no need for the sending of Iranian military forces.
In addition, the military official said that Iran will not conduct any joint operation with the United States against al Qaeda in Iraq.
According to Reuters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.
Sectarian and ethnic tensions have risen in Iraq over the past few years, inflamed by the conflict in neighboring Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
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