Iran helped Iraq in ISIL fight: Larijani

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says Tehran has helped the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL militants.

“In Iraq, we assisted the government in a number of areas to enable it to defend itself against ISIL militants,” said the top parliamentarian during the opening of the 20th International Exhibition of Press and News Agencies in Tehran.

“None of the countries that have formed the coalition in a propaganda campaign now were present in Iraq at that time and none of them would help it. We had a responsibility to help the Iraqi government stand up against this terrorist movement. We helped Kurds, Sunnis, and Shias alike.”

The ISIL terrorists control large areas of Syria and Iraq. The group first sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land along the border between the two countries.

The militants have committed terrible atrocities in Syria and Iraq, including mass executions and beheadings of local residents as well as foreign nationals.

A US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria, but the air raids have so far failed to dislodge the terrorists.

Larijani stressed that Iran acted honestly and responsibly in Iraq and warned those countries that support and fund terrorists in Iraq.

“Now, some western countries have understood that they have made a mistake in dealing with ISIL. In order to make up for their mistake, they should immediately stop helping this terrorist group and halt the flow of assistance,” the top lawmaker added.

By Press TV


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