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Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:4PM
An F/A-18C Hornet lands on the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 10, 2014, in the Persian Gulf.

An F/A-18C Hornet lands on the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 10, 2014, in the Persian Gulf.

The United States' record of support for terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan belies its recent military strikes against Takfiri ISIL militants as only “posturing,” a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

“The Americans, who strengthened terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are putting on a show in dealing with the ISIL instead of [taking] serious action,” Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

He added that the US is carrying out airstrikes against the ISIL terrorists to show that "it has a role to play in the region."

Iran does not welcome such posturing by Washington, the legislator said, adding, “Such intervention will certainly bring no benefit to Iraq and the region.”

US President Barack Obama authorized on Thursday the use of targeted airstrikes to prevent the advance of ISIL terrorists in Iraq and to protect American personnel and interests inside the country.

Just hours after President Obama’s authorization of "targeted airstrikes," US fighter jets and drones repeatedly bombed Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Iraq.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday that the recent launch of US military strikes against the ISIL terrorists in Iraq do not have a "specific end date."

This is while the US has been providing arms and training to militant groups in Syria to fight the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The ISIL has taken several towns since it intensified its attacks in Iraq in mid-June. The Iraqi army is engaged in fierce fighting with the militants to push them out of the captured areas.

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