Many Have Wondered If US and Iran Will Collaborate To Halt Iraq crisis
As violence continues to rage in Iraq due to the terroristic onslaught bys ISIS, speculation started to stir headlines that finally the United States of America and Iran night collaborate to stabilize war-stricken Iraq.
In an interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s Today Show, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue by saying that the US is not contemplating working closely with Iran, especially on the crisis in Iraq.
Kerry said collaboration is not on the table and the US is only interested in communicating with Iran to make clear that the Iranians know what the US is thinking and the US knows what the Iranians are thinking.
“It would be a head scratcher and no, we’re not sitting around contemplating how are we going to do that or if we’re going to do that.” – Secretary Kerry
ISIS On The Rise, Taking More Territory
In a span of two weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Al-Qaeda-inspired rebels, gained control of three more towns in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.
The Al-qaeda inspired militants seem to taking more territories and expanding their violent onslaught in Iraq.
Fear made headlines that ISIS fighters may expand territorial gains to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, causing alarm to those countries and other U.S. allies as well.
US Troops Left Iraq
In December 2011, the last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq.
The move signaled the end of nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and many of thousands of Iraqi lives.
The war was launched in March 2003 in an aim to oust President Saddam Hussein.
During the war, more than 170,000 American troops were in Iraq at more than 500 bases.