US-led anti-IS coalition to fail without Iran’s help, official says
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 28
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Head of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council of the System Ali Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani says that without Iran's help, the international
coalition against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) militant group will certainly fail.
"The Americans have admitted that the coalition will fail to destroy the ISIL,
unless Iran helps in the fight," he said, IRNA news agency reported Sept. 28.
"Air strikes can not destroy a terrorist group. As we can see, despite the air strikes, the ISIL managed to attack [the city of] Kobane," Rafsanjani said.
"Western reports suggest that another 235 new militants joined the ISIL since the beginning of the coalition's attack on the group. This proves that it is not a proper way to fight a terrorist group," the official noted.
He went on to note that only Iran made a difference in the crisis.
"The Iraqi forces managed to free Amerli town and dam after consulting with Iran," Rafsanjani concluded.