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US, Iran don't need to cooperate in Iraq

Cooperation between the United States and Iran in the fight against the Islamic State should not include any concessions in the ongoing nuclear negotiations.
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) holds a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, July 14, 2014. Kerry will press his Iranian counterpart Zarif to make "critical choices" in a second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program on Monday, a U.S. official said. REUTERS/Jim Bourg  (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) - RTR3YJOW

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, in an Al-Monitor article on July 31, argued for a total revamping of the geopolitics of the Middle East including closing the Iranian nuclear dossier “in the shortest time possible,” to set the stage for establishing a bilateral US-Iran dialogue to address severe regional crises. By signing a nuclear deal with Iran, the paths to US-Iranian cooperation would open, which would ostensibly enable them first and foremost to coordinate their fight against radical Sunni jihadism wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

But what sort of US-Iranian cooperation does Mousavian suggest, and why should we expect it to improve in the wake of a nuclear deal, especially if that deal involves excessive concessions by the P5+1? More fundamentally, from a US point of view, why is this cooperation even necessary or desirable?

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