Iran vows to attack militants in Iraq if they near border
Iran ground forces commander General Ahmad Reza Pourdestana said Iran will not allow the terrorists to approach Iraqi border.
Iran will attack ISIS group militants inside Iraq if they advance near the border, ground forces commander General Ahmad Reza Pourdestana said in comments published on Saturday.
“If the terrorist group (ISIS) come near our borders, we will attack deep into Iraqi territory and we will not allow it to approach our border,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Pourdestana as saying.
The extremists of ISIS control a swathe of territory north of Baghdad, including in Diyala province, which borders Iran.
The United States launched air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq in August and has since widened them to Syria, where the militant group has its headquarters, as part of an international coalition to crush the group.
Iran is a close ally of the Shia-led government in Iraq and has been unusually accepting of US military action in Iraq against the militants.
It has provided support to both the Iraqi government and Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting the militants and has dispatched weapons and military advisers.
But Tehran, a close ally of the Damascus government, has criticised air strikes on Syria, saying they would not help restore stability in the region.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he rejected a US offer to join the international coalition it has been building against the militants.
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