Iran rejected US request for cooperation against IS: Khamenei
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - REUTERS

TEHRAN: Iran rejected a U.S. request for cooperation against the jihadist Islamic State group early in its advance in Iraq and Syria, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday.

“Right from the start, the United States asked through its ambassador in Iraq whether we could cooperate against Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS),” Khamenei said in a statement on his official website.

“I said no, because they have dirty hands,” said Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state in Iran.

“Secretary of State (John Kerry) personally asked (Iranian counterpart) Mohammad Javad Zarif and he rejected the request,” said Khamenei, who was leaving the hospital after what doctors said was successful prostate surgery.

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