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From Reuters:

Exclusive: Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with U.S. - Iran official
Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

The idea is being discussed internally among the Islamic Republic's leadership, the senior Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official had no word on whether the idea had been raised with any other party.

Officials say Iran will send its neighbor advisers and weaponry, although probably not troops, to help its ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki check what Tehran sees as a profound threat to regional stability, officials and analysts say.

And this little bit of mind-blowing news:

Tehran is open to the possibility of working with the United States to support Baghdad, the senior official said.

"We can work with Americans to end the insurgency in the Middle East," the official said, referring to events in Iraq.

And this choice comment from the Iranian President:

"Iran will not tolerate the terror and violence ... we will fight against terrorism, factionalism and violence.”

Maybe this will give us some leverage over the Iranian nuke program. It would be quite the turn of events if Iran became the island of stability in the area. As long as they recognize the sovereign right of Israel, I would be OK with it. We really need a good Secretary of State now - Kerry is a impotent fool.

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