Obama sent letter to Leader to seek cooperation in fight against ISIL: WSJ

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Published in Iran
Friday, 07 November 2014

US President Barack Obama sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in October about the ISIL terrorist group, a US daily reported Thursday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the secret letter stressed the US-Iran shared interests in fighting the Takfiri militants.

The Journal cited people briefed on the letter, but added that White House officials declined to discuss the letter with the newspaper.

"Administration officials didn't deny the letter's existence when questioned by foreign diplomats in recent days," it said.

In response to reporters’ questions, the White House only said it discussed ISIL’s threat with Iran on the sidelines of nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, "I'm not in a position to discuss private correspondence between the president and any world leader."

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq and Syria.

US warplanes have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since early August. Some Western states have also participated in some of the strikes in Iraq.

Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

Ayatollah Khamenei has said that efforts by the US and its allies against ISIL are not genuine and that groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda were created to confront Iran and deal with the wave of Islamic awakening in the Middle East and Africa.

The Leader has said the US-led coalition is using ISIL as a tool to create divisions among Muslims, calling on Shia and Sunni Muslims not to get involved in any move that will play into enemies’ hands.

“Shias and Sunnis shouldn’t help the enemy by desecrating their sanctities and provoking one another’s sentiments,” Ayatollah Khamenei said last month.

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