News / Middle East

Kerry: US Open to Cooperation with Iran to Help Iraq

Kerry: US Open to Cooperation With Iran to Help Iraqi
X
Zlatica Hoke
June 17, 2014 10:37 AM
The Pentagon has downplayed speculation about U.S. and Iranian military cooperation in Iraq, hours after Secretary of State John Kerry made the suggestion in an interview. Iran, which is controlled by Shi'ite Muslims, has been alarmed by the Sunni advance not too far from its border with Iraq. Zlatica Hoke reports there are fears that involving Iran would lead to even more violence in Iraq.
Zlatica Hoke
The Pentagon has downplayed speculation about U.S. and Iranian military cooperation in Iraq, hours after Secretary of State John Kerry made the suggestion in an interview. Iran, which is controlled by Shi'ite Muslims, has been alarmed by the Sunni advance not too far from its border with Iraq. Some fear that the involvement of Iran would lead to even more violence in Iraq.
 
Militants of the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken control of several northern Iraqi cities and are moving toward the capital.
 
Kerry said in an interview with Yahoo Monday that President Barack Obama is considering air strikes to help the Iraqi government.  He said the president will not allow insurgents to split the country. 
 
"I do not believe the president is going to just sit by and let this take place," said Kerry.
 
The United States has moved four warships into the Persian Gulf, including an aircraft carrier with fighter jets and missiles.
 
Kerry said various ways of helping Iraq are being considered, including the use of drones and possible cooperation with Tehran.  Obama has ruled out sending troops to Iraq.
 
"We are open to any constructive process that could minimize the violence,” said Kerry. 
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Tehran would cooperate with the United States on restoring security to Iraq, within the framework of international law.
 
But some U.S. politicians and analysts say involving Iran would only lead to more violence in Iraq. The two neighbors have a history of strained relations and fought a war in the 1980s. Tehran has undermined the U.S. mission of building a democratic Iraq governed by both Shia and Sunni Muslims, said David Schenker, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
 
"Now we're asking them to play a productive role? This is a regime that doesn't want anything other than a dominant Shiite Iraq. And frankly, if that's what they want, they're going to foment an even larger, more bloody civil war in Iraq," said Schenker.
 
Thousands of people have fled the fighting in northern Iraqi cities.  At a refugee camp in Kalak, Abu Qanea said he won't go back to his hometown of Mosul until he believes it's safe.
 
"We won't return until the situation improves and becomes safe.  Once the fighters leave and the Iraqi military secures the city, the situation will improve,” said Qanea. 
 
The swift advance of the al-Qaida-linked group in northern Iraq is threatening long-established borders in the region and raising alarm in Washington and in the neighboring countries.  The United States withdrew its troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 after an almost decade-long war.

You May Like

Scotland Vote Raises Questions of International Law

Experts say self-determination, as defined and protected by international law, confined narrowly to independence movements in process of de-colonization More

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

Conservationists hail ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015 More

Annual Military Exercise Takes on New Meaning for Ukraine Troops

Troops from 15 nations participating in annual event, 'Rapid Trident' in western Ukraine More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: dr asghar from: quetta
June 17, 2014 7:38 AM
Time to act against insurgents before things get out of control


by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
June 17, 2014 6:13 AM
USA & Iran should cooperate each other to eliminate Al Qaida from Iraq completely. Al Qaida is Terrorist group well supported by Saudi Arabia. Al Qaida played a very very dirty game with innocent and helpless Syrians. They killed Syrians in brute way and rape Syrian Girls with Fatwa from Saudi regime. They are bad name on the face of Islam. Islam never ever teaches us to kill poor peoples and rape girls.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctionsi
X
September 18, 2014 2:28 AM
A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
Video

Video Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctions

A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
Video

Video Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Mogadishu's Flood of Foreign Workers Leaves Somalis Out of Work

Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid