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Question marks over role of Iran in fight against Islamic State militants

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Question marks over role of Iran in fight against Islamic State militants

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As Iran marks the 34th anniversary of the start of its war with Iraq, there is increasing speculation about what role it might play in the fight against the Islamic State militants.

So far Iran is not joining the US and other allies in the fight against the group in Iraq and Syria.

But today the Iranian President said his country was willing to help regional efforts against terrorism.

“The people in the region will put the terrorists in their place,” said Hassan Rouhani. “The regional states will stand up against terror and terrorism. Our armed forces and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will help them in this battle.”

At United Nations talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, Iranian officials have reportedly brought up the battle with the Islamic State militants.

They are quoted as saying Iran is willing to collaborate, but only if there is greater flexibility regarding its nuclear programme.