Iran says U.S. has plan to divide Iraq

Khamenei called for closer bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow to thwart what he called “Washington’s plots”

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei receives a gift from Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Tehran

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans.

The United States, whose 2003 invasion of Iraq marked the beginning of the country’s descent into violence, is supporting Kurdish peshmerga fighting Islamic State and leads a coalition carrying out air strikes against the group. There are currently around 3,360 troops stationed in the country.

Iran’s backing of Shi’ite militias fighting Islamic State has also added to sectarian divisions.

During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Khamenei called for closer bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow to thwart what he called “Washington’s plots”.

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