Iran has sent 2,000 troops to help the embattled Iraqi government fight off ISIS Islamist militants, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.
The official is reported to have said that 1,500 'Basij' volunteer militia troops entered the town of Khanaqin in central Iraq on Friday, with another 500 had entered the area of Badra Jassan near the Iranian border.
The paper has also reported that an Iranian general has arrived in Baghdad to direct the defence of the Iraqi capital against the militants, who are aligned to al-Qaeda.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."