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Iranian Airstrikes on Islamic State in Iraq a Plus, Kerry Says

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Iranian airstrikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq a positive step, as the Pentagon confirmed the first such attacks.

“It’s self-evident that if Iran is taking on ISIL in some particular place, and it’s confined to taking on ISIL and has an impact, it’s going to be -- the net effect is positive,” Kerry said in Brussels today, using an acronym for Islamic State’s former name. “But that’s not something we’re coordinating” with Iran.