Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 6
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
If not for Iran, in particular one of the commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ghasem Soleimani, the government of Haider al-Abadi would have been not in Baghdad, but elsewhere outside of Iraq, the Chairman of the Iraqi Badr Organization Hadi Al-Amiri said.
He was addressing the funeral of an IRGC commander, Hamid Taghavi, who was killed in Iraq fighting the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS), the Mehr agency reported Jan. 6.
Al-Amiri noted that Iraq has achieved success in the fight against terrorists thanks to the support of Iran and volunteers.
"The rest of Iraq, occupied by terrorists, will be liberated by volunteers," he said. "There is a program and the necessary possibilities to liberate the entire territory of Iraq."
"And it will happen soon," Al-Amiri said, adding that a group of volunteers, together with the police and army of Iraq, has been fighting against the IS.
He also said that the Iraqi people will be able to defeat the terrorists even without the support of the coalition.
In 2013, the terrorist organization known as the "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) penetrated Syria. IS announced its refusal to take the oath of Al-Qaeda, and declared a "holy war" against all the groups and government forces in Syria.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of an "Islamic caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi authorities appealed to international community requesting help to fight against the IS.
Edited by SI
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