Intl. bodies must prosecute Baghdadi: Iran cmdr.

ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A high-ranking Iranian military commander says international legal bodies should prosecute Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said Saturday that Baghdadi has launched a campaign which has endangered the security of Iraq, regional countries as well as the global community.

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared leader of the ISIL terrorists, must be prosecuted as a war criminal for killing innocent unarmed women, children and clerics,” he added.

It is incumbent upon the international legal bodies to prosecute Baghdadi like Serbian commanders for crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said.

The Iranian commander also warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” if the ISIL terrorist group is not reined in.

The Iraqi forces are pressing ahead with their fight against ISIL militants, who have taken control of large swathes of the country and threatened to take the battle to the capital, Baghdad.

According to the UN, violence in Iraq claimed the lives of 2,417 Iraqis in June, making it the deadliest month so far this year.

The figures released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put last month’s civilian death toll at 1,531, with 886 security forces killed. UNAMI added that 2,287 Iraqis, including 1,763 civilians, were wounded.

More than one million people have been also displaced in Iraq so far this year, according to the United Nations.

By Press TV


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