A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic’s support and consultations helped Iraqi armed forces slow the advance of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc on the Arab country.
In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said Tehran’s move to offer consultations to Iraq helped the Arab state prevent the fall of Baghdad and Erbil to ISIL militants and liberate many areas controlled by the extremist group.
Shamkhani added that Iran’s assistance and consultations boosted the self-confidence of the Iraqi soldiers and the volunteer forces fighting the ISIL terrorists, adding that Iraq “broke the back” of the Takfiri group.
The senior official also called for unity and solidarity among all Iraqi people in the fight against the ISIL Takfiris.
He further described the so-called anti-ISIL coalition formed by the United Stated as “ineffective,” saying such an alliance serves other purposes than uprooting terrorism.
US warplanes have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since early August. Some Western states have also participated in some of the strikes in the country. However, the raids have done little to stop the ISIL’s advances.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.
Having taken control of parts of Syria, the ISIL terrorist group sent its militants into neighboring Iraq in early June and quickly seized large swathes of territory there.
The Takfiri militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
By Press TV
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