ITONGADOL.- “We will not allow conditions in Iraq to descend to the level of Syria," said Iraq\’s deputy foreign minister.
Senior Iranian official confirmed on Friday that his country had carried out strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, adding that the strikes were carried out by request of the Iraqi government, according to a report by the Guardian.
Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister, Ebrahim Rahimpour said the strikes were in “the defense of the interests of our friends in Iraq,” who he said were the Iraqi government and the Kurdish region in northern Iraq.
“In this matter, we did not have any coordination with the Americans. We have coordinated only with the Iraqi government,” said Rahimpour. “In general, every military operation to help the Iraqi government is according to their requests."
“We will not allow conditions in Iraq to descend to the level of Syria, which has been created by foreign players. And certainly our assistance [to Iraq] is stronger than our assistance to Syria, because they are nearer to us,” said Rahimpour
The Iranian government had originally denied being behind the attacks.