Iraq is Iran’s ‘strategic depth’: Army commander

Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan

Tehran, March 8, IRNA – Commander of Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said here on Sunday that Iraq is considered as Iran’s ‘strategic depth’.

Addressing a group of reporters, Pourdastan underscored that today the Iraqi army enjoys the ground and air forces with the highest capabilities.

He added Iraq does not need the presence of any foreign troops in this country.

Pourdastan reiterated that Tehran provides Baghdad with advice, stressing that Iraq is considered as Iran’s ‘strategic depth’.

Last month, Iraq’s president Fuad Masum expressed his gratitude to Tehran for helping the country fight the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL.

“Iran is a neighboring country with more than 1,000 kilometers of common border with Iraq and has helped us a lot in the war against the criminals of Daesh,” Masum said.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but that it will continue to provide support for both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid.

ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.