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Iran says Obama lacks will to combat terrorism in Iraq

Published on Jun 20, 2014 7:19 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - US President Barack Obama lacks "serious will" to combat terrorism, a top Iranian official said on Friday after an Iraqi appeal for American airstrikes went unanswered.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian's comments followed a statement from Mr Obama on the Iraq crisis in which he pledged to send military advisors to Baghdad but stopped short of further action at this stage.

Fighters from the Sunni extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and their allies, have made swift territorial gains in Shi'ite-majority Iraq in a push that began last week.

ISIL considers Shi'ites, also a majority in neighbouring Iran, to be apostates.

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