CIA: General Soleimani complicates mission against ISIL in Iraq

CIA: General Soleimani complicates mission against ISIL in Iraq

CIA Director John Brennan has claimed that the presence of top Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq is contributing to destabilization in the country.

CIA Director John Brennan has claimed that the presence of top Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq is contributing to destabilization in the country.

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has been advising the Iraqi forces in the battle against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

The US spy chief, however, said the general's presence is complicating what he described as US efforts against terrorism.

Brennan said he "wouldn't consider Iran an ally right now inside Iraq."

Earlier this month, some 30,000 Iraqi troops launched a large-scale operation to recapture Tikrit city from ISIL after it swept through northern Iraq last summer.

Top US General Martin Dempsey, testifying at a congressional hearing this past week, described the involvement of Iran in the fight against ISIL in Iraq as a positive step.

The commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces, Hadi al-Ameri, also praised Iran’s assistance in the fight against the terrorist group, saying that the Iranian commander has been of great help to the Iraqi army in the mission.

"Some of the weaklings in the army... say we need the Americans, while we say we do not need the Americans," he said.

"Qasem Soleimani is here whenever we need him … He was giving very good advice. The battle ended now, and he returned to his operations headquarters,” he stated.

The United States and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria since last year. The coalition, however, has done little to stop the terrorist’s advances in the region.


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