The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday strongly rejected a BBC report alleging that the country’s senior commanders have been meeting their US counterparts to coordinate attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, FARS news agency reported.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzeiyeh Afkham denied a BBC Persian report on Iran’s move to cooperate with the US against the ISIL in Iraq. “Our stance on this issue has already been declared and the report is not true,” Afkham reiterated on Friday evening.
BBC Persian reported Friday afternoon that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had told Commander of the IRGC Quds Force Major General Qasem Soleimani to coordinate military operations against the ISIL terrorist group.
In Washington the State Department said Friday it was not coordinating military action or sharing intelligence with Iran. US State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf repeatedly denied US officials were working with Iran in a military or intelligence capacity.
In the past, Iran has opposed America’s involvement in Iraq.