PENTAGON: ‘ DENIAL & COUNTER-DENIAL AS IRAN JOINS US LED COALITION AIR-STRIKES OR NOT AS THE CASE MAYBE ‘

#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Dec.03 – Iran has launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon confirms.

US Denies Cooperating with Iran '

US Denies Cooperating with Iran ‘

According to spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby, the strikes were not co-ordinated with the US military and may be the first of their kind.

Denial and Counter-Denial - Screenshot from 2014-12-03 14:34:17

Denial and Counter-Denial – Screenshot from 2014-12-03 14:34:17

Though BBC Middle East an hour ago issued this statement: ‘The Pentagon says Iranian war planes have been bombing Islamic State targets – a claim Iran denies

' Iran is Training & Arming '

‘ Iran is Training & Arming ‘ 

“We have indications that they did indeed fly airstrikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days,” Kirby told AFP.

It may be the first time Tehran has launched manned aircraft from inside Iran to strike Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Iraq, Kirby told AP.

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” US Opposes Supply of `Shoulder-Fired-Missiles’ Capable of taking down War Planes to Syria”

#AceWorldNews says the US is opposed to the supply of shoulder-fired missiles, capable of taking down war-planes, to rebel forces in Syria, Reuters quoted a senior Obama administration official as saying on Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had offered to give Syrian-Rebels Chinese portable air defence systems, and anti-tank guided missiles from Russia.

The administration “remains opposed” to any provision of such systems to the Syrian opposition, the official said.

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