Iran congratulates Iraqis on breaking Amerli siege

Iraqi Shia volunteers are seen with their weapons during an intensive security deployment to fight against ISIL terrorists in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin Province about 88 kilometers (55 miles) south of Kirkuk, August 31, 2014.

Iran has congratulated the Iraqi nation, government, senior clerics and security forces on recapturing the northern Iraqi town of Amerli after two months of siege by ISIL terrorists.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Sunday praised the two-month resistance in Amerli against terrorists, describing it as a symbol of Iraqi nation’s triumph against ISIL Takfiri and Ba’athist terrorists and a disgrace for those who claim to be advocates of human rights.

The two-month silence of certain countries, which claim to be standard-bearers of human rights, vis-à-vis the siege of thousands of innocent citizens of Amerli has once again left the sincerity of these countries open to judgment by world public opinion, said the spokeswoman.

The Iranian official further expressed hope that the victory of Amerli would further boost the spirit of resistance in Iraq and pave the ground for greater victories against Takfiri Ba’athist terrorists and their supporters.

On Sunday, Iraqi army troops, backed by thousands of volunteers, entered the northern city of Amerli, which was surrounded by the ISIL cult since mid-June.

Iraq’s military sources said army troops along with Shia and Kurdish fighters started an operation at dawn on Sunday and entered the town shortly after midday following airstrikes against the ISIL positions in the troubled region.

The residents of this small Shia Turkmen community about 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad were living under the ISIL siege since mid-June.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their advances in Iraq.

Several gruesome video clips were released, purportedly showing members of the ISIL cult brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

By Press TV


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