Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahianspeaks at his press conference about the crisis in Iraq and the situation in the Middle East in Moscow on July 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV
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Iran will not send troops to fight a militant offensive in Iraq but will supply weapons if the government in Baghdad asks for help, the deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.Predominantly Shiite Iran has vowed to support ally Baghdad against the Sunni insurgency led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose fighters have overrun swathes of five Iraqi provinces since launching an offensive in early June.At a press conference after meetings with his Russian counterparts on the offensive in Iraq and neighbouring Syria, the minister also called on all those in Iraq to obey the country's constitution.
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