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Published: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 2:40:03 AM
Updated: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 2:41:34 AM

White House says raised concerns with Iraq about report of arms deal with Iran

A member of the Iraqi security forces takes up position with his weapon during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of the Iraqi security forces takes up position with his weapon during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government raised concerns about a reported arms deal between Iraq and Iran "at the highest levels" with Iraq's government, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.

Carney said that the Iraq government has denied in a press release that any contracts were signed, and noted that the U.S. government will follow up with Iraq on the issue.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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