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Tehran denies military presence in Iraq
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TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry official has denied news reports claiming that Iran has a military presence in Iraq. 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has not sent any military forces to Iraq and has no plan to do so,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said on Saturday.
She also said that Iran is closely monitoring developments in the crisis-hit Arab country due to its close relations with Baghdad and its international commitments. 
In addition, Afkham said that the Islamic Republic pays special attention to its cooperation with Iraq in all areas. 
Al Jazeera claimed on Saturday that hundreds of Iranian soldiers had taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group. 

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