Official Denies Iran-US Talks on ISIL in Baku

Official Denies Iran-US Talks on ISIL in Baku
Sun Dec 14, 2014 13:20:13

An Iranian diplomat in Azerbaijan rejected reports of negotiations in Baku between the Islamic Republic and the US on the battle against the ISIL terrorist group.

In an interview with Azeri Trend, Seyed Mohammad Ayatollahi, head of the media section of Iran’s embassy in Baku, dismissed as baseless the media reports about Iran-US talks in the Azeri capital.
Rumors ran rampant earlier that officials from Iran and the US has held a secret meeting in Baku to discuss the fight against the ISIL terrorists.
The ISIL militants made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.
Since late September, the US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
Meanwhile, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the popular forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive.
Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity

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