Armed Forces commander: Iran ready to help Iraq fight al-Qaeda
Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi says if necessary, the Islamic Republic is prepared to give military equipment to Iraq to fight al-Qaeda, PressTV reported.
Asked about some Iraqi media reports that Baghdad is seeking help from Iran and the US to assist its operations against al-Qaeda, Hejazi said on Sunday that no official request has been made on Iran in this regard.
"Nothing has been discussed about a joint operation against Takfiri terrorists, but if Iraqis need equipment and consultation, we will help them," the Iranian commander added.
Certain Iraqi media had earlier claimed that the United States and Iran are both contributing troops to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi have been the scene of deadly clashes between security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants over the past days.
According to security officials, the fighting left more than 100 people dead in the two cities on Friday.
The violence broke out on December 30, 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi. Authorities said the camp was used as "headquarters for the leadership of al-Qaeda."
Iraq Defense Ministry spokesman, Mohammed al-Askari, said in a statement on December 23 that Iraqi forces had destroyed two camps belonging to an al-Qaeda-linked militant group in the western province of Anbar.