TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The US is not willing to see that Iraq’s northern city of Mosul would be liberated by the Iraqi Army and voluntary forces, an Iranian deputy foreign minister said, noting that the fall of Iraqi cities to the terrorist groups have been in Washington’s favor.
Speaking at a television talk show on Monday night, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari criticized the US for seeking “sectarian and ethnic strife” both in Iraq and Syria to achieve its objectives.
The US is also worried that the Iraqi military and voluntary forces would succeed to retake Mosul from the terrorist groups, because it will stymie Washington’s plans in Iraq, he added.
In order to prevent the liberation of the Iraqi cities, the fall of which have served the US interests, Washington is trying to incite sectarian, tribal, ethnic or racial discord and diversify the players to play its own game, Jaberi Ansari explained.
The Iraqi army is geared up to launch a large-scale offensive to liberate the northern city of Mosul, which the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group has proclaimed its headquarters in Iraq. Mosul fell to Daesh terrorists in summer 2014.
A 2015 offensive to retake the city came to a halt after Daesh militants overran the city of Ramadi, which is the capital of the western province of Anbar and about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad. Ramadi was liberated in December 2015.
On June 18 this year, Iraqi forces launched another attack to retake the southern parts of Mosul, one day after they retook Fallujah.
By Tasnim News Agency