People gather near a damaged road surface at the site of a car bomb attack in the New Baghdad neighbourhood August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday.Iran has a direct interest in bolstering Kurdish forces, as a large section of its border with Iraq is made up of Kurdish-controlled areas.Zarif, who arrived in Iraq Sunday, reiterated his assertion that while Iran is supporting its neighbor to the West, it is not doing so with forces on the ground.State media reported that an Iranian pilot was killed fighting in Iraq, and several Iranian Su-25 warplanes are also in the country.The nine strikes by Iraqi warplanes targeted forces from ISIS, Col. Mustafa al-Bayati said.
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