Filed under: Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, National Security, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Iran Wants U.S. Help In Iraq?, ISIS Too Extreme for al Qaeda?, Nations and Tribes
A speech by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said they would help the U.S. confront “terrorist groups” in Iraq and Syria — referring principally to ISIS. According to President Rouhani:
If the Iraqi government asks us for help, we may provide any assistance the Iraqi nation would like us to provide in the fight against terrorism.
All countries need to embark on joint effort regarding terrorism.
At the moment, it’s the government of Iraq and the people of Iraq that are fighting terrorism.
We have not seen the US do anything for now. Any time the Americans start to take action against terrorist groups, we can consider that.
It has been reported that Iran has already sent two battalions of troops into Iraq, but the Iranians deny it. Iraq is not enthusiastic about Iranian troops, they had a very bloody war still in memory. The Ayatollah Sistani has called for the Shiia to volunteer to fight the ISIS, and they are turning out by the thousands.
Can it be that the Iranian leadership is openly calling on the United States to intervene in Iraq?
The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush has been moved into the Persian Gulf to provide President Obama with “options?”
We have over 5,000 staff in our embassy in Iraq. Some are reportedly moving out and being replaced by members of the military — who do not count as “boots on the ground” but as just shuffling people around.
The situation? Muddled and confusing.