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Ibrahim Al-Jaafari: Iraq needs Iran, Syria, Russia’s experience in fighting ISIL

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari underlined that his country needs full coordination with Iran, Syria and Russia in the war on terrorism, and said the US shouldn’t impose its will on Baghdad.

“Iraq needs Iran, Syria and Russia’s assistance in the fight against the ISIL,” Jaafari told al-Mayadeen news channel on Sunday.

He said that in fighting terrorism, Iraq fully acts in coordination with the three countries, adding that the US cannot impose its decisions and stances on Baghdad.

Jaafari also stressed that the anti-terrorism battle in Fallujah is no different from the battle in Mosul and the battlefields against the ISIL cannot be separated from each other.

Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advisory and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups.

In relevant remarks on Friday, al-Jaafari underlined that Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq to help the country in campaign against terrorism after receiving Baghdad’s rigid request.

“General Soleimani is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to provide military counseling to the Iraqi forces,” the Arabic-language Sumeria news channel quoted al-Jaafari as saying.

Also last Sunday, Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) Commander Abu Mehdi al-Mohandes underlined that General Soleimani is helping the Iraqi forces in their campaign against terrorism upon a request by the Iraqi government.

“The Iranian advisors, headed by dear brother Qassem Soleimani, have been beside us since the start of war and his presence has happened upon the demand of the Iraqi government and agreement of the Armed Forces’ top commander,” Mohandes said in an interview with Sumeria news channel.

He, meantime, said that the Iraqi nation is able to kick the terrorists out of Iraq with the possibilities in their hands now, adding that Hashd al-Shaabi doesn’t have any political plan and merely supports the political process.

In relevant remarks earlier, a representative of Hashd al-Shaabi appreciated Iran and General Soleimani for assisting his country in the campaign against terrorism and safeguarding its territorial integrity.

“We were surrounded in Samarra and had lost everything but this brave commander (General Soleimani) came to our help with all his forces and broke the siege,” Seyed Hamid Hosseini said, addressing the Shiite pilgrims in the Central city of Qom.

“If the Islamic Republic of Iran and its leader didn’t help us, I say very explicitly that no Iraq wound exist today,” he added.

 By Fars News Agency

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