Arrest of American advisors in Iraq reveals US-ISIL cooperation: Iranian MP

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Reports of the arrest of American military advisors assisting the ISIL militants in Iraq were a testimony of cooperation between the US and the ISIL terrorist group in the Arab country, an Iranian lawmaker said.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Sunday, Mohammad Saleh Jokar said the US and the coalition it leads are not after tackling the ISIL, but pursue other objectives.

On Saturday, Iraqi sources reported that the Arab country’s counter-terrorism forces in an operation in an outlying area in the province of Nineveh have arrested four foreign advisors -three of them from the US and Israel- who were employed as military advisors to the ISIL fighters.

The arrest of American advisors made it clear for the world public opinion that the ISIL is a product of the US and Washington backs it, Jokar explained.

The detained foreign advisors have been transferred to a security center in capital Baghdad.

Since March 2, the Iraqi troops, backed by voluntary forces, have launched an offensive to recapture Tikrit and the surrounding areas.

The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the ISIL terrorists seized swaths of north Iraq last June and advanced toward the capital Baghdad.

By Tasnim News Agency