US Secretary of State John Kerry praises the role Iran plays in the fight against Daesh Takfiris in Iraq, calling it “helpful.”
Kerry made the remarks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in the US state of Colorado on Tuesday.
He was answering a question on whether Iran’s role in Iraq is “more helpful or more harmful.”
“Look, we have challenges with Iran as everybody knows and we are working on those challenges,” Kerry was quoted as saying by CNN. “But I can tell you that Iran in Iraq has been in certain ways helpful, and they clearly are focused on ISIL-Daesh, and so we have a common interest, actually.”
Kerry’s remarks followed comments by Brent McGurk, the US special envoy to oversee the so-called fight on Daesh terrorists.
“We think most of these popular mobilization forces do operate under the control of the Iraqi state, but about 15-20% of them actually do not,” McGurk said. “And those groups are a fundamental problem.”
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