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Iran says Obama lacks will to combat terrorism in Iraq

Iraqis living in Iran hold posters bearing portraits of Shiite Muslim spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Iraqi flags during a demonstration in southern Tehran on June 20, 2014, against the ongoing offensive by Sunni Arab jihadists that has swept up a vast swathe of northern and north-central Iraq. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE

TEHRAN: US President Barack Obama lacks "serious will" to combat terrorism, a top Iranian official said Friday, after a request from the Iraqi government for US air strikes went unanswered.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian's comments followed a statement from Obama on the Iraq crisis in which he pledged to send military advisers to Baghdad but stopped short of further action at this stage.

 

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