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Unauthorized military intervention spreads terrorism: Iran’s Larijani

6 December 2015 12:38



Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says unauthorized military intervention in the Middle East conflicts will only help spread terrorism.

“The fight against terrorism does not require the deployment of troops which is usually done to achieve other goals. Such deployment, per se, will contribute to the spread of terrorism,” Larijani said during an open session of Majlis on Sunday.

The Iranian Majlis speaker also warned that the deployment of Turkish forces near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under the control of Daesh Takfiri terrorists, would only lead to more insecurity and crisis across the region.

He said Turkey’s military intervention in Iraq, which comes despite the Iraqi government’s objection, pursues no other goal but to justify terrorist activities in Mosul.

Larijani stated that some countries see regional chaos as a means to fulfill their plans but such a policy would backfire.

Iran favors peace and security in the region and calls on other countries to engage in a genuine fight against terrorism, the Iranian official noted.

Turkey has deployed 150 soldiers, who are reportedly armed with tanks and artillery, in a camp in Iraq’s Nineveh Province, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border with Iraq, where Ankara has been training forces in an attempt to retake the provincial capital of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand Turkey withdraw its troops from Mosul, saying the troops have entered the Iraqi territory without Baghdad’s consent and that Iraq considered it “a hostile act.”

However, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the move as a routine troop rotation and said Turkish forces had set up a camp near Mosul a year ago in coordination with Iraq.

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