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US-led airstrikes against ISIL not effective: Iraqi parties


Iraqi political parties have cast doubt on the effectiveness of the US-led coalition’s airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiri militants in the Arab country, Press TV reports.

The parties have called on Washington and its allies to coordinate their air raids with Baghdad, saying that the airstrikes do not fit the threats posed by the ISIL terrorists.

They argue that cooperation between the two sides will help push the terrorist group out of cities it has captured in Iraq.

“The size and effectiveness of these airstrikes do not define this coalition which gathers the world’s powers and major countries – those countries who have enormous military force. This coalition is nothing but a political lie, aiming at reshaping the whole region under the pretext of fighting terrorist groups,” Jemaa Atwani, a member of the Iraqi Dawa party, told Press TV.

State of Law Coalition MP Sheikh Adnan Shahmani also raised concerns over the aerial campaign, launched in August, saying the US-led coalition is not serious in its war against the terrorist group.

“We do not think that the presence of the international coalition is for military purposes…. So far, the operation was not successful which reveals the coalition is not serious in its fight against ISIL. The coalition wants to prove that it could not defeat the terrorist group by aerial bombardment to pave the way toward grounds operations,” he said.

Iraq has faced brutal violence by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group across the country’s north and west since early June. The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.

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