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Israel fears Iraq crisis may spark US concessions to Iran

Published on Jun 19, 2014 5:38 PM
 
A civilian stands near damaged vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces during clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul on June 10, 2014. Israel fears that a jihadist offensive that has swept up swathes of Iraq may prompt concessions to arch-foe Iran from its longtime ally the United States. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel fears that a jihadist offensive that has swept up swathes of Iraq may prompt concessions to arch-foe Iran from its longtime ally the United States.

"If Washington needs Teheran's help to solve the Iraq crisis, the United States will need to be more flexible in negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme," public radio cited a senior official as saying.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warned: "We're in a situation where, to confront the threat from the global jihad, we rely on Iran and its allies."

The rise of the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has seized Iraq's second city Mosul and a swathe of its north and centre over the past 10 days, has prompted talk of possible cooperation between Washington and Teheran to help stop the insurgency.

 
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