Iraq owes many victories against ISIL to Iran: Hadi al-Ameri

TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) – The head of the Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri has hailed the pivotal role of Iran in the fight against ISIL terrorist groups.

Attending the memorial ceremony of Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi, a commander of the Revolutionary Guards who was killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Dec. 28 on mission of consulting Iraqi Army, Hadi al-Ameri told Mehr News correspondent that Iraq's various successes in combating terrorism had been achieved through the support of Iran and Iraq people.

Iraqi ex-minister of transportation and the head of Badr Organization [an official Iraqi political party whose military wing is one of the largest armed forces in the country] described martyr Brig. General Taqavi a pious, courageous man and added, “Hamid [Taqavi] and I were friends and comrades. He was present in most of the important battles against ISIL, and played a key role in Jurf al-Sakhar operation.”

He also highlighted the pivotal role of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of Quds Force branch of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), in defending Iraq's Kurdistan Region against the ISIL terrorist group, maintaining that if it were not for Iran, Heidar al-Ebadi’s government would have been a government on exile right now.

While noting that Iraqi armed groups were fighting ISIL alongside and in coordination with the Iraqi Army and the police, al-Ameri stressed that the Iraqis were fully capable of gaining victory over the terrorists without the help from the US-led coalition.

 

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