Power: US not coordinating with Iran on ISIS fight

The U.S. is not teaming up with Iran in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said Sunday.

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“Well, let me stress that we are not coordinating military operations or sharing intelligence with Iran,” Power said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” pointing out that Iran’s backing of Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has been “very destructive.”

Secretary of State John Kerry had previously stated that Iran also views the Islamic militant group, also known as ISIL, “as an enemy and as a threat,” Power explained.

“And so, in that respect, all of our operations are oriented around the objective of degrading and destroying ISIL,” she said, “and we're waiting to hear whether Iran thinks it has a constructive role to play.”

Power also said Sunday that President Obama has the legal authority to launch strikes against Islamic militants in Syria, even without a stamp of approval from the United Nations.

"Consistent with the U.N. charter, we [think], it would depend on the facts and circumstances of any particular strike in Syria, that we have the legal basis we need," Power said on ABC's "This Week" program.