Rejecting Pentagon Claims, Iran Denies Conducting Airstrikes Inside Iraq

Following news reports and statements from the Pentagon, Iranian officials on Wednesday denied accusations that its military has been involved in airstrikes against Islamic State targets inside Iraq.

“Iran has never been involved in any air strikes against the Daesh (Islamic State) targets in Iraq. Any cooperation in such strikes with America is also out of question for Iran,” a senior Iranian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The counter-claim from Tehran followed reporting indicating Iranian fighter planes had conducted missions inside Iraq and subsequent comments from Pentagon chief spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby who said at a briefing on Tuesday that there were “indications” the Iranians “have flown these missions in recent days in eastern Iraq.”

Kirby who tried to make it clear that if such bombings have taken place, they were done so without coordination from U.S. forces.

“Nothing has changed about our policy of not coordinating military activity with the Iranians,” Kirby told reporters.

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