No Iranian troops in Iraq’s Mosul
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
A senior Iranian military commander has denied denies that the Islamic Republic has deployed any forces to Iraqi city of Mosul.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has said that Iran has not sent off any troops to the city of Mosul as Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation (Hashd al-Shaabi/ volunteer forces) perform very well and they do not need any assistance from Iranians, Mehr news agency reported.
Over the past five weeks, Iraqi security forces in collaboration with Kurdish fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen have launched a major offensive to drive the Islamic State terrorist group out of Mosul, the terrorist group’s last urban strong-hold in Iraq.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari further commented on the participation of Iranian forces in Syrian battles, saying that “there are many young Iranians eager to defend holy sites but the way for them is blocked”.
“Some of our youth probably arrive in Syria through unofficial ways,” he added.
According to official announcements by the Islamic Republic, over the past couple of years more than 1,000 servicemen deployed by Iran to Syria to back President Bashar al-Assad’s government have been killed in the Arab country.