Iran Ambassador To Iraq: Who Trains Iraqi Forces Not ‘An Issue For Us’

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq told McClatchy that Iran desires a “powerful, well-trained armed force in Iraq, which can manage to safeguard its border and security.” Who trains the Iraqi forces, said Ambassador Hassan Danaei Far, “doesn’t sound (like) an issue for us.” A U.S. military spokesperson in Iraq responded that “would be a significant change … a welcome change,” but noted this didn’t match up with Iran’s previous behavior in the country. The comments, if implemented as policy, could help smooth the way for an agreement about a U.S. troop presence extension beyond the end of the year.