Iran’s deputy chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi said Sunday the Islamic republic was prepared to provide military equipment and advice to Iraq to help it battle Al-Qaeda.

“If the Iraqis ask, we will supply them with equipment and advice, but they have no need of manpower,” Hejazi was cited by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

Hejazi said there had not been any request from Iraq to “carry out joint operations against the ‘takfiri’ terrorists,” a term used to describe Al-Qaeda.