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Avvenire - Italy | Monday, June 16, 2014

An unexpected holy alliance

The common threat posed by the jihadists has led to a rapprochement between the erstwhile arch-enemies the US and Iran, the Catholic daily Avvenire rejoices: "The only seemingly anachronistic goal of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - namely to create a new caliphate - should not be underestimated. It is the essence of an old dream. ... But the emerging caliphate has already produced its unthinkable antipode, a wonderful holy alliance. Never before have Washington and Tehran talked like this to each other, never before have they been so close to an agreement in the nuclear dispute, but also so close to something that looks like a joint military operation: Iranian Revolutionary Guards and American drones working together. Hard to believe that the Great Satan (as Khomeini once called America) is working side by side with the martyrs of the Revolution for a common goal. To extinguish the fire of the caliphate before it spreads and the map from Morocco to Afghanistan goes up in flames."

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