Iran offers to help Iraq in fighting al-Qaeda
Iran offers to help Iraq in fighting al-Qaeda

A senior Iranian military official said Iran is ready to help Iraq battle Al-Qaeda "terrorists" in the neighboring country's western Anbar province.

Deputy chief-of-staff of Iran's army Gen. "Mohammad Hejazi" is quoted by Iranian media on Monday as saying the Islamic Republic can offer "military equipment and advisers" should Baghdad ask for it.

Hejazi said " Iraq is our friend", but ruled out sending troops to Iraq.

Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge fighters from the Al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant from two key cities the militants overran last week.

Fighting in Iraq's Anbar province killed 22 soldiers and 12 civilians, along with an unknown number of militants on Sunday.

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