Kurdish regional government PM visits Iran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 16

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The prime minister of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Tehran on June 16 to discuss the latest developments in Iraq.

Barzani is scheduled to meet with senior Iranian officials including Ali Shmakhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran's Mehr news agency reported.

The two sides will hold consultations on the security situation in Iraq.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant(ISIL), which developed into a formidable force inside Syria, has extended its reach in Iraq since June 10, gaining near-complete control of the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit and seizing Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

The group seized large swathes of western Iraq's Anbar Province in January, including much of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, flashpoints of the US-led war in 2003.

Following the increasing tension Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said on June 15 that the Iran's armed forces are completely prepared to take military actions against the ISIL, if the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei orders.

The army has intensified its presence along the country's borders with Iraq, the commander underlined.

Earlier some western media outlets reported that at least three battalions from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were deployed to support the fight against the ISIL. Iran later dismissed the reports saying that has no intention of sending troops to Iraq.

On June 14, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said that the country is ready to assist Iraq in the fight against "terrorists" within international law if Iraq wants it.

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