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Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.
The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence.
The Iraqi official said 1,500 basiji forces had crossed the border into the town of Khanaqin, in Diyala province, in central Iraq on Friday, while another 500 had entered the Badra Jassan area in Wasat province overnight. The Guardian confirmed on Friday that Major General Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, had arrived in Baghdad to oversee the defence of the capital.
Speaking at a press conference Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said he would study any request for help from Iraq, but added that Iran has “no option but to confront terrorism.” “When the U.S. takes action against (the militants), then one can think about cooperation,” President Hassan Rouhani said, the Associated Press reports. “Until today, no specific request for help has been demanded. But we are ready to help within international law.”
The international development secretary, Justine Greening, said the initial tranche of emergency funding would allow agencies to supply water, sanitation, medicine, hygiene kits and basic household items.
originally posted by: f4rwest
a reply to: tri-lobe-1
Hypothetically, say there's a big problem in the neighborhood right next to you, and it's getting worse every day. Sexual predators are preying on all the young girls. You have a daughter, and the means to intervene to end the problem.
Would you sit back and "pray for a peaceful ending," and risk your daughter? Or would you use every resource you have to stop the sexual predators and prevent them spreading into your neighborhood?