The US is not co-ordinating military exercises or missions with Iran or Russia to help Iraq in its fight against Islamic militants, but it is assisting the Iraqi security forces in the combat, a top American diplomat has said.
“We are aware of the Iranian and Russian efforts to help the Iraqis, but we are not involved in coordinating any missions,” Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel told reporters.
The United States, he said, is not co-ordinating military efforts or exercises or missions with Iran or Russia.
“What we are doing is assisting the Iraqi security forces, and that’s what we will continue to do,” he said.
“We are just finishing up with our assessment teams there, and they’ll be providing some recommendations and guidance based on those assessments,” Hagel said.
The White House said it continues to be the view of the United States that Iraq’s political leaders should come together and unify that country in the face of the threat that is posed by ISIS.
“And that will continue to be the message that we send not just publicly, but also privately in the ongoing conversations,” White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told reporters.