Iraqi Top Commander: Iran and General Soleimani saved Iraq from ISIL

Iraqi Top Commander: Iran and General Soleimani saved Iraq from ISIL

Iran has saved the Iraqi government from the threat of collapse by the ISIL Takfiri group, a top commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces says.

Iran has saved the Iraqi government from the threat of collapse by the ISIL Takfiri group, a top commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces says.

"If it were not for the cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and [Major] General [Qasem] Soleimani [a commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)], we would not today have a government headed by [Iraqi Prime Minister] Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad," Secretary General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri said in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday.

Ameri made the remarks during a memorial ceremony for Iran's Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi who recently lost his life in Iraq while on a mission to advise Iraqi troops fighting the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

"It [the Iraqi government] would not have existed," Ameri said.

Soleimani was also present at the memorial held for General Taqavi, who was killed late last year in the Iraqi holy city of Samarra.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid.

At the onset of the ISIL advances in Iraq, the Islamic Republic took rapid steps to mobilize popular forces in the country.

The Takfiri militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Syrian and Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

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