Rear Admiral John Kirby said the US, which has conducted its own air strikes in Iraq, was not co-ordinating with Iran.
A US-led coalition has launched hundreds of air strikes against IS since August.
The US has said it would be inappropriate for Iran to join that coalition, even though the two long-time adversaries face a common enemy in IS.
Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, the US and Iran have had a fraught relationship not only with US but basically any non Muslim nation.
Iran is also a main arms supplier of arms to Hamas and Syria's Bashar regime
at the time this is being written.
This shocked the entire world who until then had seen any embassy as off limits for any sort of attack as a general rule which has been kept by most nations even since...
Once again as recent as 2011 the British embassy in Teheran was attacked by what the Iranian officials called a "uncontrolled mob" that vandalised the entire British embassy and as well documented as photographing British diplomatic documents....The so called mob was recognized as containing Iranian official militia members, quite clearly on picture shown by the media.
US Rear Admiral Kirby's comments followed reports that American-made F4 Phantom jets from the Iranian air force had been targeting IS positions in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.
"We have indications that they did indeed fly air strikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days," he said. It was up to Iraq to oversee and co-ordinate flights by different countries in its airspace, he added.
The Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brig-Gen Massoud Jazayeri also denied collaboration.
To the surprise of many the Iran's F-4 Phantoms have soldiered on through a decades-long embargo on spares and support equipment, with the jets being maintained by the Iranian industry and parts supplied through the black market. It's thought that just a few dozen Iranian F-4D/Es are actually flyable at any given time.
But that's assuming we can take the Obama Administration's statements at face value.
There have been rumblings that back-channel conversations about the ISIS issue have occurred during the recent Iranian nuclear negotiations.
Seeing as Iran is a Shiite-led country, large casualties among Iraq's Sunni population at the hands of Iranian pilots could deepen the ethnic divides that already plague Iraq and greatly complicate an already intricate situation.
So far there has been no substantiation to these claims, with today's image being the first from a decent source that shows direct Iranian involvement in the conflict.
Strategic Diplomatic Relations (SDR) feels that the Iranians gladly will fly and test their strengths in the Gulf and collect actual combat experience which is something that most other Gulf states don't have at all. If this won't create a blooming US arms trade in the Gulf, nothing ever will.
In other words they might not look dangerous now but down the road the same experience will with great certainty be used by Iran against the west in one way or another.
As always, the Iranians never forget to blame the WestDeputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brig-Gen Massoud Jazayeri also said Iran considered the US responsible for Iraq's "unrest and problems", adding that the US would "definitely not have a place in the future of that country".
He is also know for being one of the suppressors of Iranian election protests (2013)Shia-ruled Iran has close ties to Iraq's Shia-led government, which has struggled to counter IS militants as they seized swathes of territory in eastern
Syria and northern and western Iraq.
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Shia militias trained and funded by Iran have also been sent to Iraq to support Kurdish fighters battling IS militants with the result that any Sunni non Kurds had to leave their homes out of fear of the Iranians....
This however is not reported by the media in general at all, it would be good so that readers get a true picture of the Iranians as fighters of their Shia faith and not just fighting against the Islamic state. Lets not forget that a wast majority of Iraq are normal Sunni Muslims and are not treated well by the Iranian forces.
This drives normal Sunnis to support IS even more!
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