ISIL-held Iraqi regions to be freed soon: Iranian official

Iraq will soon witness the liberation of all its regions from the control of the Takfiri ISIL terrorist, a senior Iranian official says.

“Even an inch of the Iraqi territory must not remain under the occupation of Takfiri terrorists, who have no objective but [to promote] Islamophobia and the destruction of the human and financial resources of Iraq,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Tuesday in Tehran.

The Iranian official said that the ISIL terrorist group is in a “weak position,” and that all the territories held by the group will be liberated if the covert provision of weapons and financial support by trans-regional countries for the ISIL is cut.

He also said that Tehran-Baghdad strategic cooperation is not limited to the defense field, expressing hope for the further development of bilateral economic cooperation.

Obeidi, for his part, said Iran’s all-out support for the Iraqi armed forces has had a decisive role in the country’s victories against ISIL.

Iraqi forces have made fresh gains against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists during recent weeks. The most notable of all operations came in November, when Iraqi forces retook the strategic town of Baiji and its refinery from the terrorists. The Iraqi army also managed to liberate key districts in the city of Samarra in early December.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against the ISIL in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.

The Takfiri militants hold some parts of Iraq and Syria under their control.


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