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ISIL to target West if wins war in Iraq: Analyst

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The Takfiri militants currently operating in Iraq will strike the Western governments if they emerge winner, an analyst writes for Press TV.

“There is no doubt that in case of the success of [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] ISIL, the next target of its members would be Western counties,” Mohammad Zandy wrote in a column for the Press TV website.

He said the US government and its Western allies should now feel responsible for establishing “peace and security” in the region which they bombed more than a decade ago under the pretext of battling terror.

“Creation of a medieval caliphate state would be a source of instability for the whole world due to the irresponsible views that they [the ISIL] hold,” wrote Zandy.

The analyst said the Western governments should not be influenced by Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments regarding action against the ISIL militants.

“It is clear that the strategy of delay that the Western countries are following regarding the crisis in Iraq, unquestionably, is affected by the lobbying” of Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf Arab states, he said.

Zandy said the Saudi regime and its allies “are in favor of destabilizing Iraq in order to win their lost battle” in Syria.

“Saudi Arabia and some Persian Gulf states who see their proxy war lost in Syria have found recourse in Iraq to win their lost battle.”

The ISIL is an al-Qaeda splinter terrorist group that is fighting the government of Syria and Iraq.

On June 10, the ISIL militants took control of the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s Nineveh Province. The militants later took control of the city of Tikrit, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people have been forced out of their homes ever since.

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