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Pentagon, State Dept. at odds over coordinating with Iran on Iraq crisis

• http://www.washingtontimes.com, By Maggie Ybarra

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Monday morning that although there is the potential for discussions with Iran about aggressive actions committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq, there is "no plan to consult Iran on military activities inside Iraq."

Adm. Kirby made the clarification after Secretary of State John F. Kerry had made headlines earlier on Monday morning by saying Washington intended to give "a very thorough vetting of every option that is available" to minimize the amount of violence that ISIL is causing within the country.

Mr. Kerry refused to rule out the possibility of U.S.-Iranian military coordination in response to the situation in Iraq during during an interview with Yahoo! News.

"We're open to discussions if there is something constructive that can be contributed by Iran, if Iran is prepared to do something that is going to respect the integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and ability of the government to reform," the secretary of state said.

 

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