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US opposes role by Syria in resolving Iraq turmoil

Published on Jun 27, 2014 1:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Thursday it opposed a role by Syria in resolving Iraq's turmoil after President Bashar al-Assad's government was said to have carried out air strikes against militants.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, facing Sunni extremists who have swept across his country from war-torn Syria, told the BBC that Mr Assad's air force this week struck the insurgents on the Syrian side of the border, in a marked escalation.

State Department spokesman Marie Harf, while not confirming the air strikes, said that the United States believed military action by Assad would not be "in any way helpful to Iraq's security".

"Iraq's security situation cannot and should not be resolved by the Assad regime, by air strikes from the Assad regime or by militias funded and supported by other countries in the region stepping in," Ms Harf told reporters.

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