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Friday, 05 September 2014 - 20:34
Iran 'backs US military contacts' to fight Islamic State
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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.
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