Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the recent weakness shown by the Kurdish Pishmarga forces against an invasion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group proved that their mentions of an imminent move towards independence from Iraq were just words.
Rahmani Fazli’s remarks came after the Kurdish forces withdrew from the Northern city of Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian-majority town, allowing ISIL to make significant territorial gains there.
“They (Kurds) raised the debate of independence of the (Iraqi) Kurdistan over the past month which was welcomed by the Europeans and Americans, but they could not resist against 200 (ISIL) people for 24 hours which shows that they cannot have control over the regional conditions,” Rahmani Fazli said in a meeting with media directors and reporters in Tehran on Monday.
He pointed to the tragedies caused by terrorist groups like ISIL, and said, “Today we are witnessing that terrorist groups like ISIL enjoy the political and logistical support of the reactionary countries of the region as well as Europe and the US.”
The Iranian interior minister said full security has been restored to Diyala and Al-Anbar provinces, and added, “Several regions like Samara and Baghdad were insecure before, but due to the fatwas of religious authorities and people’s obedience to them, we see that the conditions have improved.”
Earlier this week, Kurdish forces withdrew from the Northern city of Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian-majority town, allowing ISIL to make significant territorial gains. ISIL was also able to advance into the towns Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh.
Kurdish security officials have portrayed the withdrawal as a strategic move to consolidate Kurdish territory and forces.