JNN 06 Dec 2014 Washington : On Tuesday, an official in the US Department of Defense revealed that, the list of countries that bombed the sites of the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq is not limited to the classical allies of the United States, but apparently there is a new partner in the airspace; which is Iran. He indicated that the bombing does not require an immediate response from US unless it threatens the US Air Force.
The American newspaper ‘Huffington Post’ said in a report followed by Iraqi News, “The list of countries that bombed the sites of the terrorist organization ISIS is not limited to the classical allies to the United States; which are Canada, Britain and France,” pointing out that a new partner has emerged in the airspace; it is Iran.
The newspaper quoted an official from the US Department of Defense, declined to mention his name, as saying, “The United States understands the Iranian bombing activity in the same Iraqi airspace, where the Iranian airplanes operate in line with the US-led coalition forces against ISIS,” explaining that “Iranian bombing does not require an immediate response unless Tehran threatens US Air Force directly.”
The official added, “The Iranian bombing will not end as long as the Iraqi government feels threatened by ISIS”, noting that the bombardments were carried out in areas near the Iranian border in different parts of Iraq away from United States and its allies’ bombing.
Iran has denied it conducted air strikes against ISIL targets in eastern Iraq, after Al Jazeera ran footage of what appeared to be an F-4 fighter jet, similar to those used by the Iranian air force.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, an Iranian official told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that “Iran has never been involved in any air strikes against the Daesh targets in Iraq.”
However, the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces has dismissed those reports as “totally untrue”.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran blames the United States as the root cause of unrest and problems as well as the terrorist actions of ISIL in Iraq,” Iran’s state news agency FARS quoted General Massoud Jazayeri, as saying.
The fight against the ISIL has come amid a US diplomatic drive to agree a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme, and officials acknowledge the two sides have discussed the war in Iraq on the margins of the nuclear talks.
However, the US and Iran remain deeply opposed over Syria, with Iran providing crucial military backing for President Bashar al-Assad while the US has pledged to train a moderate rebel force to eventually confront the Assad government.