Iranian military advisors in Iraq upon official request: Iraqi official
A high-ranking commander of the Popular Mobilization Units says Iranian military advisors are helping Iraqi army soldiers and allied forces in the fight against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists upon an official request from the Baghdad government, Press TV reports.
“Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent an official request of intervention to the United States following the fall of Mosul. The same request was submitted to the Iranian government as well. The US government did not provide any form of assistance until the Iraqi administration changed, and Haider al-Abadi was appointed the prime minister,” Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis told Press TV in an exclusive interview in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Tuesday.
He added that the US military has even pulled out the company tasked with the repair and maintenance of M1 Abrams battle tanks, and slashed the supply of the tanks and its related munitions to Iraq.
“The US did not provide any assistance. The Islamic Republic of Iran was quick enough to respond to our demand, and dispatched Major General Qasem Soleimani to Iraq. We were in dire need of arms and did not even have Kalashnikov rifles at our disposal,” Muhandis stated.