Two agents of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force have been appointed to leading roles in the newly formed Iraqi government, prompting concerns that Tehran is attempting to clandestinely exert control on Iraqi policies from within the government, according to documents furnished by Iranian dissidents close to the ruling regime.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf appeared to completely contradict her boss’ remarks on the possibility of the United States working with Iran to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS), adding more confusion to an issue already sparking many questions among reporters.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mocked President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) just days after being released from the hospital and claimed that Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as other top U.S. officials, pleaded with Iran to join the collation against the terror group, according to regional reports.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi’s spokesman told reporters that Egypt had urged Kerry not to focus on just one terrorist group
The NATO summit held earlier this month in Newport, Wales, the first such gathering of the 28-member alliance since 2012, was dominated by Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine and violence in the Middle East.
Administration officials took to the Sunday shows to provide further details of the president’s plan to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), as the group released a third video showing the beheading of a westerner.
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at the NATO summit in Wales on Friday, dismissed critics of President Obama’s lack of strategy to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.