Iran is the standard-bearer in the fight against terrorism and will continue supporting the Iraqi-Syria governments to help destroy the terrorists but will never take military action against ISIL independently, said an official.
MP: Iran will continue aid to Iraq-Syria against ISIL
Javad Jahangirzadeh, acting chairman of the Majlis Research Center and a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee made the statement in an exclusive interview with ‘Iran Daily’ published Sunday.
Iran says it will assist Iraq and Syria by sending military advisors to both the countries, train their forces and, supply them with military equipment. The Islamic Republic will definitely cooperate with regional countries to accomplish these aims but not as part of an international coalition, the official said in response to a question posed by the daily.
On whether cooperation with regional countries is enough to destroy the ISIL and whether there’s no need for an international coalition, Jahangirzadeh said:
“Exactly, since the bulk of the ISIL forces is not so huge to create a large international alliance to eradicate the terrorist group, it seems that the goal of building such an international coalition is to invade Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIL and ultimately undermining and toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad.”
Replying to a question by the paper on how strong the US-led coalition is and how would the Iraqi and Syrian nations react to attacks by the military alliance, the MP said, “regional countries pursue different and contradictory goals in destroying the ISIL. Contradictory goals are also quite evident among members of the Paris coalition. That’s the main reason for making the coalition ineffective. The Iraqi and Syrian nations will not allow the alliance to undermine their countries’ independence under the pretext of eliminating ISIL.
When asked whether the time frame suggested by US Secretary of State John Kerry that military action against Takfiris in Iraq and Syria could last three years, the official said that the democrats’ tenure will end in less than three years and they intend to make a historic achievement. The best accomplishment will be the removal of Assad’s government and the annihilation of the resistance movement in the region. Fighting ISIL is Democrats’ cover-up for a bigger goal.
In reply to a question whether Iran and the international coalition will finally work together against ISIL, he said, many Western politicians regard Iran as a major power in the Middle East which should not be ignored. They acknowledge that without Iran’s participation, the anti-ISIL coalition will collapse and security will not be restored to Iraq and Syria.