US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Yuri Gripas)
United States President Barack Obama secretly wrote last month to the leader of Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, in hopes of having the Ayatollah Khamenei join America’s fight against the so-called Islamic State.
According to unnamed individuals briefed on the previously undisclosed correspondence, Pres. Obama sent a letter in mid-October to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that sought his cooperation as US forces continue their campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Obama’s letter “described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria,” the Journal reported, and “appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.”
The US has already acquired the support of dozens of nations around the globe in its fight against the extremist group, and the militaries of Australia, Canada and the UK, among others, have already offered their assistance by way of targeted air strikes intended to fulfill the White House’s intended goal of degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AFP Photo / Iranian Supreme Lleader’s Website / HO)
As the American-led campaign lingers on with limited results, however, the Journal reported that Pres. Obama recently made the rare but not unheard of decision of writing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in hopes of getting the Iranian leader on board as well.
The White House has not officially confirmed the newspaper’s report, but journalists Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee said Thursday afternoon that the letter — the fourth or so sent from Obama to Khamenei since the president took office in 2009 — “underscores that Mr. Obama views Iran as important — whether in a potentially constructive or negative role—to his emerging military and diplomatic campaign to push Islamic State from the territories it has gained over the past six months.”
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