Iran is providing advice to Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Wednesday.

“We have given help with policy and advice to the Iraq government. We have acted in the same manner to Iraqi Kurdistan,” Amir-Abdollahian told the Arabic service of state television.

Tehran has no military presence in Baghdad, the Shiite shrine city of Samarra to its north or the Kurdish region of Iraq, he added. “We have not sent arms either,” Amir-Abdollahian said. […]