Pentagon: U.S. could discuss Iraq with Iran, but won't coordinate military action

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:57am EDT

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 16, 2014.   REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Saad

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials may hold discussions with Iran about Iraq's security crisis on the sidelines of nuclear talks this week, but Washington will not coordinate potential military action in Iraq with its longtime adversary Tehran, the Pentagon said on Monday.

"It’s possible that on the sidelines of those discussions there could be discussions surrounding the situation in Iraq," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said, referring to talks in Vienna this week between world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

"But there is absolutely no intention and no plan to coordinate military activity between the United States and Iran ... there are no plans to have consultations with Iran about military activities in Iraq," he told reporters.

(Reporting by Missy Ryan and Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

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desertares wrote:
The headline says it all. No coordination, no idea of what to do.

Jun 16, 2014 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:
They lie like a rug. That’s OK. But three stories on Iran-U.S. on this web site now (12.24 P.S.T.) and all contradict each other. Disinformation but done in a sloppy way.

Jun 16, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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