Iran Warns Turkey Against Fighting ISIS

Iran urges Turkey not to "aggravate tensions", after the parliament in Ankara authorizes military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Reuters

Iran on Thursday warned neighboring Turkey against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, AFP reports.

The warning came after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorize military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and "criticized the method chosen to fight terrorism, expressing concern about any action that might aggravate the situation," state news agency IRNA reported.

"In the current situation, the countries of the region must act with responsibility and avoid aggravating" matters, he added.

Earlier Thursday, Turkish MPs voted to allow the use of armed forces against jihadists of the “Islamic State” (IS or ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq, both of which border Turkey.

However, the one-year mandate is very broad in scope and in no way commits Turkey to sending troops into Syria and Iraq.

The government has said it will decide on concrete steps after winning authorization, with many analysts expecting a cautious approach.

Iran supports President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria's more than three-year-old civil war, while Turkey backs rebels seeking to overthrow him.

A coalition led by the United States, having already launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, has also begun airstrikes against the group’s targets in Syria.

ISIS, for its part, has been eagerly uploading to the internet footage of interviews with its fighters saying they remain unfazed by the bombing - and vowing revenge against the U.S.


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