Secretary of State John Kerry continues to very publicly change his mind on his position vis-a-vis Iran in the war against ISIS, insisting today that Iran has a “role” to play in the destruction of ISIS.
Over the past two weeks, Kerry has several times ruled out including Iran in the anti-ISIS coalition, insisting it would be “inappropriate” to invite them to have any role in the conflict.
Iran, of course, was already in the conflict before the US war began, providing troops to Iraq to help fight off ISIS as far back June, and coordinating anti-ISIS operations with Syria long before that.
Now that the US has moved into the operation, they’ve decided to pick and choose who gets to be involved in the war, and most of the time, with an eye toward keeping the Saudis placated, that doesn’t include Iran.
At the same time, White House officials say that President Obama is “open” to meeting his Iranian counterpart in New York next week during the UN General Assembly, though no such meeting is presently scheduled.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- South Korea Turns Off Loudspeakers Aimed at North Korea - April 23rd, 2018
- Saudi Warplanes Attack Wedding Party in NW Yemen, Killing Dozens - April 23rd, 2018
- Senate Panel OKs Pompeo After Rand Paul Flip - April 23rd, 2018
- Iraq Says 36 ISIS Killed in Thursday's Syria Strike - April 22nd, 2018
- Trump Denies Making Too Many Concessions to North Korea - April 22nd, 2018