Iran’s Foreign Ministry has praised the eradication of the Takfiri Daesh outfit from Iraq and Syria, saying the achievement demonstrated, once again, that terrorism and its sponsors are “doomed to failure.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministry said the fall of Daesh was the fruit of joint struggles and sacrifices by all regional resistance forces and nations, and opened a “new chapter” in the developments unfolding in West Asia.
Today, all delusions for the formation of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have been destroyed, said the statement, adding this proved that “terrorism and the ideological, financial, political and military supporters of this seditious phenomenon are doomed to defeat.”
The terrorists and their backers “should be held accountable for their crimes, massacres, destruction and displacement of millions of defenseless and innocent people before international tribunals and the wakeful conscience of world nations,” it further said.
The statement came one day after Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), declared the collapse of Daesh in both Iraq and Syria in a letter addressed to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
In response, the Leader stated that the triumph over the “cancerous and deadly tumor” of Daesh was a heavy blow to treacherous plots aimed at inciting a regional war, destroying the anti-Israeli resistance front and undermining independent countries.
Last week, Iraqi forces managed to fully retake Rawa near the Syrian border, which was the last remaining town under Daesh’s control. Syrian army soldiers, backed by pro-government fighters, liberated the city of Bukamal, Daesh’s last stronghold in Syria.
Throughout their anti-terror operations, both the Syrian and Iraqi armies had the backing of Iranian military advisors.
Elsewhere in its statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed its special gratitude to the Russian government for its role in the counter-terrorism fight in Syria, where Moscow has been providing air cover to the national army’s ground operations.
The statement further hailed all parties who have stood by the Syrian and Iraqi nations both on the battlefield and the diplomatic stage over the past few years.
On the other hand, it added, those who spared no efforts to exploit the nations’ resources and fuel the flames of “an unequal and shameful war” are still spending money on holding “fruitless gatherings” in a bid to cover up their errors and find partners in their crimes.
The statement also called on regional nations and governments to exercise “vigilance” in the face of the new “mischief and conspiracies.”