Iran’s advisory presence in Iraq, Syria meant for defense: Official

Tasnim – An Iranian official highlighted the reasons for deployment of Iranian military advisers to Syria and Iraq, saying their presence in the two Arab countries at the request of their governments is in line with efforts to defend Iran’s security and interests against enemies.

“If we were not present in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon today, the disfigured Daesh militants, who cannot be called humans, would come our borders and inflict the same suffering on us that they did to the Syrian people,” Head of Iran’s Islamic Propagation Coordination Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a speech on Sunday.

“It is because of our presence in Syria and Iraq that our lives, properties and honor are safe today,” the cleric added.

“In many parts of the world, we have responded to oppressed people’s request for help without any interest,” Jannati said, adding, however, that the story is different when it comes to Syria and Iraq because if Iran were not present there, it would be directly in danger.

In recent years, the Middle East has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIL or ISIS), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

The terrorist groups, which claim to be Islamic but whose actions are anything but, have been committing heinous crimes not only against non-Muslims but mostly against Muslims in the region.

Iraq and Syria have been among the countries gripped by terrorism.

Iran, a close ally of the two countries, has supported their legitimate governments in their campaign against foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.