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Iran Pledges To Support Iraq In Fight Against IS

Iran's President Hassan Rohani said his country will support neighboring Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Rohani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on October 21 that Tehran will continue to provide Iraq with military advisers and weapons.

Abadi said Iraq was at war with "terrorists" threatening the region and trying to create a division between Shi'a and Sunni Arabs.

Ahead of his one-day visit, Abadi ruled out a foreign intervention against IS militants.

Predominantly Shi'ite neighbors, Iran and Iraq have been close since the ouster of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussain in 2003.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP