Pentagon cannot confirm Iranian special forces in Iraq
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 01:33
June 13 - Rear Admiral John Kirby says the Pentagon is preparing a range of options for the president's consideration regarding an insurgent uprising in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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The Pentagon on Friday (June 13) described the insurgent group that seized Mosul earlier in the week as "well resourced" as it announced it was formulating different options for the White House to consider regarding Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) possess a "not unsophisticated degree of cooperation and organization on their part and momentum," Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby told reporters.
Asked about the possibility Tehran may be involved in this week's siege on Mosul, Kirby said, "I have nothing to confirm that there are Iranian special forces inside Iraq."
Kirby added that ISIL had seized armored vehicles and other military assets left by fleeing Iraqi forces.
The Pentagon also acknowledged frustration with Iraq's military, which was trained by U.S. forces at a cost of 25 billion dollars.
"We are certainly disappointed by the performance of some Iraqi force units with respect to the challenges they have faced in the past few days," Kirby said.
The White House earlier in the day said it was considering different options to stem ISIL's advance on Baghdad but is not considering sending U.S. troops in a combat capacity.
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