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Iraq to repel ISIL offense without foreign help: official

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Iraq to repel ISIL offense without foreign help: official

TEHRAN, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Shiite-led Iraqi government has not asked any foreign country for help in its fight against Sunni militants' offensive as Iraqi people are able to repel "terrorists " without external help, the Iraqi ambassador to Iran said on Tuesday.

Noting that the Iranians have offered to help defend Shiite holy shrines in Iraq, Ambassador Majid Al-Sheikh told reporters that his country "will never accept any help from foreigners," adding that "We are ready to defend the country by ourselves."

Al-Sheikh acknowledged that Tehran has been playing a role in supporting Iraq, but denied the presence of Iranian military in Iraq.

"As I have said, we do not need any military or financial help from any other country," he added.

The Islamic republic of Iran has denied that it will send any military forces to help the Iraqi government in its fight against the rebels of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently said Iran would do everything to protect Muslim Shiite shrines in the Middle East country.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday his country is strongly against any U.S. intervention in Iraq's internal affairs, and believes that the Iraqi people, government and the country's religious leaders are able to end the violence.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140624/iraq-repel-isil-offense-without-foreign-help-official