The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq has dismissed the US-led coalition’s sincerity in its fight against the ISIL terrorists, saying Iraqis can defend their country on their own.
“People of Iraq have the ability to liberate their homeland from the terrorists of ISIL and there is no need of foreign interference and international or American forces,” said Ammar al-Hakim.
Since August, the US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they say are ISIL positions in Iraq. Some members of the US-led alliance also started a similar bombing campaign inside Syria in September.
However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the Takfiri group who have occupied large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi figure further said, “Some foreign politicians have talked about the necessity of foreign forces in Iraq to fight ISIL. This idea is dangerous and we warn against the secret goals behind it.”
Hakim further called on the international community to assist “Iraqi forces who have been mobilized to face terrorism if they are really serious in their help.”
He also said all Iraqi people should remain united in the face of terrorism which aims to sow the seeds of discord among them.
Hakim further described the ISIL Takfiri group as an enemy of the whole region and the world.
The ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The terrorist group had earlier seized areas in neighboring Syria before expanding their terror operations to Iraq.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians in both Arab states.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the ISIL out of some areas in Iraq.