The Iranian military’s top brass says the Islamic Republic will not deploy forces to neighboring crisis-hit Iraq, suggesting that the Arab country is itself capable of defeating the Takfiri terrorists.
“There is no need for the presence of Iranian forces in Iraq and Iran-US cooperation will never happen as it would be absolutely meaningless,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces, said on Wednesday.
The general’s remarks were in reaction to Western media reports about possible Tehran-Washington cooperation against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri militants in Iraq.
He added that the ISIL is brainchild of the US government, adding that the Takfiri militants have been financed by regional countries.
“The ISIL is a US-Israeli move to create a safety margin for Zionists in the face of [anti-Israeli] resistance forces in the region,” said Firouzabadi.
He noted that the ISIL’s terrorist operations in Iraq have unified Shia and Sunni religious scholars in the country.
On June 10, the ISIL militants captured Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh Province, which was followed by the capture of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad.
Iraqi forces continue their battle against the ISIL Takfiri group as the militants are advancing in Iraq and threatening to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including Baghdad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a conspiracy.
The Iraqi premier has also blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.