Iran denounces US intervention in Iraq

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday said he was “strongly opposed” to the intervention of the United States and other countries in Iraq.

"We don’t approve of it, as we believe the Iraqi government, nation and religious authorities are capable of ending the sedition,” Khamenei said, according to Reuters, which quoted Iran’s official IRNA news agency. “And God willing, they will do so."

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IRNA also quoted Khamenei as saying that Obama administration officials want to keep Iraq under their control and ruled by their “stooges.”

President Obama last week announced that he is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to bolster government security forces and help establish joint operations centers to combat Sunni extremists.

The move highlights the administration’s dependence on the Iraq’s government and military to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has taken over key cities.

Obama administration officials, however, are reportedly urging Iraqi political leaders to replace Prime Minister Nouri-al Maliki.

In Washington, there appears to be bipartisan support to get rid of al-Maliki.

Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ MORE (D-Calif.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) are among a number of lawmakers who have said the situation in Iraq can’t be resolved until al-Maliki steps down.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney last Wednesday said Iraq's leadership wasn't up to the United States.

"That's not obviously for us to decide," he said when asked whether al-Maliki should step down.

--Justin Sink, Kristina Wong and Rebecca Shabad contributed to this report.