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