As the United States and a handful of allies begin flowing thousands of troops into Iraq to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish army brigades, Baghdad and Tehran have signed an agreement to continue Iranian training of Iraqi units, according to a report from the Iranian Fars news agency.

In a Tuesday meeting in Tehran between Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi and Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, the two countries promised to increase security ties to fight against the threat of the radical Sunni Islamic State group.

Obeidi, a Sunni from the northern city of Mosul, which is under Islamic State control, said during a press conference that “we do not see any other option than cooperation and being on the same side [with Iran] to uproot the terrorists,” according to a translation provided by Fars. […]