U.S., Iran Near Talks on Cooperation to Counter ISIS Insurgents in Iraq

(Wall Street Journal) Jay Solomon, Carol E. Lee and Ali A. Nabhan - The Obama administration said it is preparing to open direct talks with Iran on how the two longtime foes can counter the radical Sunni ISIS insurgents in Iraq. U.S. officials said it is imperative for Washington to discuss the security situation in Iraq with Iran and other regional powers in a bid to better coordinate a response against ISIS. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said on Saturday that his government was open to cooperating with the U.S. in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, "Whatever dialogue may or may not be taking place [with Iran] would take place on the sideline or outside the mainstream of the nuclear talks" in Vienna. "We don't want that linked and mixed."

2014-06-16 00:00:00

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