No stranger to controversial remarks, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said Iran’s presence in Iraq is “helpful” in fighting Daesh (ISIS) in the country.
“I can tell you that Iran in Iraq has been in certain ways helpful, and they clearly are focused on ISIL-Daesh, and so we have a common interest, actually,” he said to reporters.
His comments come at a time of success for the Iraqi army and its allies in the fight against Daesh, as they took control of Fallujah from the militant group this month.
Given Iran’s contentious relationship with the US and the west, as well as their role in supporting forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in Syria, it didn’t take long for people-including several US conservatives-to slam Kerry’s comments on social media.
Shia militias have engaged in sectarian cleansing as they push back ISIL in Iraq. Insane that Kerry would say this. https://t.co/aC8yRrqUK0— Gartenstein-Ross (@DaveedGR) June 29, 2016
Kerry is not alone in his thinking, however. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (ISIS) Brett McGurk made similar remarks on Tuesday. And Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units-backed by Iran-have played an important role in Daesh’s recent defeats in Fallujah.
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