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Iran rejects claim it is arming Iraqis to fight US troops

New York, The spokesman for Iran mission to UN Alireza Miryousefi on Thursday described Wall Street Journal's claim that Iran is training and arming Iraqis to fight the Americans as ridiculous, saying that Iran has helped the country purely for the purposes of self-defense against terrorist groups like Daesh.

In a letter addressing writer of the note, Michael Gordon, he said that it is wrong to claim that Iran encourages Iraqis to participate in elections to help Shia dominate the country's politics.

Full text of the letter reads as follows:

Mr. Gordon,

As you are aware, Iran shares a large border with Iraq. Many Iraqis have crossed that border since the fall of Saddam Hussein, and the relations between Iran and Iraq restored.

While Iran has always encouraged all our Iraqi brothers--Shia, Sunni, and Kurd--to support democratic elections, it is preposterous and patently false to claim that that encouragement was 'so that the Shia could dominate Iraqi politics'.

Urging full participation by all groups and individuals in any election by definition is not preferring one party over another.

As to whether Iran has 'trained and armed Shia militias to fight US troops' that question has been answered numerous times over the past 15 years and is also preposterous on the face of it. Iran has helped Iraqis purely for the purposes of self-defense against terrorist groups like Daesh.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA