US government seeks $2.5bn from Iran to support military campaign in Syria

The US government has offered $2 billion in humanitarian aid to Iran to help its military campaign against the Islamic State group, including providing the country with a supply of spare parts for its missile defense systems, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

“The US is providing support to Iran in support of the Iraqi Government in the ongoing fight against ISIL [the Islamic State],” the official said.

“Iran is supporting Iraq’s forces to combat ISIL and is a key partner in the coalition against ISIL in Iraq.”

The US has been providing aid to Iraq since late 2015, but the White House has not made the delivery of spare military equipment for the country’s missile defense programs part of the overall military campaign to defeat ISIL.

The US is also providing support for Iraq to build its military infrastructure and provide humanitarian assistance, the official added.

The aid comes as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government has struggled to regain territory lost to ISIL in the past year, as well as a surge in sectarian violence in the country.