Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi talks with ally Iran as war on Islamic State

Vastavam web: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks with key ally Iran today as his forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group’s last bastion in the country.Independently of Washington, Tehran has poured significant resources into the war against the jihadists in Iraq, providing weapons, advice and training to the Shiite militias which dominate the key paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) force.
High on the agenda of his talks has been his bitter dispute with the Kurds over the spoils of the fightback against IS.Kurdish leaders held a referendum on independence last month to the fury not only of Baghdad but also of neighbouring Iran and Turkey which have long been fearful of anything that might stoke separatist sentiment among their own large Kurdish minorities.