Friday, 05 September 2014 - 20:34
Iran 'backs US military contacts' to fight Islamic State
Iran's Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State in northern Iraq.
Ayatollah Khamenei has authorised his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
Shia Iran regards the extremist Sunni Islamic State group, which views Shias as heretics, as a serious threat.
Iran has traditionally opposed US involvement in Iraq, an Iranian ally.
However last month US air strikes helped Iranian-backed Shia militia and Kurdish forces break a two-month siege by Islamic State of the Shia town of Amerli.