[Marxism] Iran: If US serious about fighting terrorism it must launch air strikes

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Sat Jun 21 23:15:38 MDT 2014

Iran says Obama remarks show US not serious in fighting terrorism


June 20, 2014 2:48 PM
DUBAI (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to send advisers to Iraq 
to help Baghdad counter Sunni Islamist militants shows the United States 
is not serious about fighting terrorism, an Iranian official was quoted 
by official media as saying on Friday.
Obama on Thursday offered up to 300 Americans to help coordinate the 
fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But he held 
off granting a request for air strikes from the Shi'ite-led government 
and renewed a call for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to do more to 
overcome sectarian divisions that have fueled resentment among the Sunni 
“Obama’s recent remarks showed that the White House lacks serious will 
for confronting terrorism in Iraq and the region,” the official IRNA 
news agency reported Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African 
Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying.
Abdollahian said the U.S. “delay” in fighting terrorism and the ISIL has 
“fueled suspicions and doubts about the U.S. objectives in Iraq,” IRNA 
Another official, Hamid Aboutalebi, who works in the office of President 
Hassan Rouhani, also criticized Obama's remarks, the news agency said.
"The U.S. cannot adopt contradictory policies in the Middle East; to 
support war in Syria and peace in Iraq or be on the side of terrorists 
in Syria and against them in Iraq," Aboutalebi wrote on his Twitter 
account on Friday, IRNA said.
Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike 
back at the Islamists' offensive towards the capital. [ID:nL6N0P12GT]
(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Louise Ireland 

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