Iran clout behind West’s policy U-turn on ISIL: Iran general

The second-in-command of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran’s regional influence has forced the supporters of Takfiri ISIL terrorists to make a volte-face in their policies.

“The U-turn [in the policies of] the supporters of the ISIL and al-Qaeda terrorists stems from the influence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the [Middle East] region,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Saturday.

The Iranian commander further noted that the Islamic Republic’s policies have forced the United States to reconsider its support for the terrorist groups.

“Not only did they (the US) fail to realize their dream and achieve their goals in Syria, but have been also forced to reverse their previous policies,” he stated.

The United States and its allies have been launching airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria since September. The US has been also carrying out airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq since August.

This comes as the US and its regional allies are the leading supporters of the ISIL and other affiliated militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

Iran has cast doubt on the sincerity of the US-led attacks against ISIL targets, saying Washington seeks its own gains in its claimed anti-terror battle.

Iran has been providing support for the Iraqi and Syrian governments, including humanitarian aid and consultation, in their campaign against the Takfiri militants and was the first country to provide military assistance to Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting the ISIL.

By Press TV


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