File - Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, right, and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, left, during a session of Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo)
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Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "cooperate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive, former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an interview published Wednesday.The comments to Japanese daily The Asahi came as Iran sends members of its Revolutionary Guard to Iraq, with the security situation deteriorating as the Shiite-led Iraqi authorities battle Sunni militants.The rapid offensive has overrun swathes of northern and central Iraq, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, alarming both Washington and Tehran – which has close ties to the current Iraqi government.When U.S. troops occupied Iraq between 2003 and 2011, Washington accused Tehran of using the force to support Shiite militias attacking American soldiers.
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