Envoy to Baghdad hails role of Iraqi women in fighting terrorism

IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad praised the Iraqi women for their commitments to the fight against terrorists and all the sacrifices they have made in this regard.

The embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Iraqi capital hosted an Iftar banquet ceremony on Monday evening in the honor of Um Qusay, the Iraqi woman who won the national acclaim in the country for her self-sacrifice to save more than 50 soldiers from Daesh (the ISIS terrorist group) in 2014.

In June 2014, after occupation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Daesh terrorists attacked Tikrit, hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam, slaughtering more than 1,700 young army recruits and dumping their bodies into mass graves or in the river in the worst single massacre by the Takfiri terrorists.

Umm Qusay was among town’s people who rushed to help young soldiers to help them flee from the terrorists.

The Iraqi widow even sent her children on the dangerous rescue mission and she sheltered more than 50 soldiers who were mostly under the age of 22.

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi, during the ceremony, praised Umm Qusay and her braveness to save the Iraqi young soldiers from Daesh, saying that the Iraqi women played a decisive and vital role in the fight against terrorism.

Umm Qusay, on her part, appreciated Iran for helping Iraq in its war against Daesh, and she called for the opening of the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic mission offices in different cities across Iraq to establish closer ties with all Iraqi ethnic groups.

Present at the ceremony were also Iraqi female parliament representatives, social activists, women rights activists, cultural officials and university professors.