Spokeswoman Denies Deployment of Iranian Forces in Iraq
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran’s foreign ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham categorically denied media reports that Tehran has dispatched troops to Iraq, saying any move complicating the situation would not serve the Iraqi nation.
“The Iraqi government enjoys necessary combat readiness and capacity and popular motivation to stand up to the terrorist and extremist agents,” underscored Afkham, reiterating that Iran opposes any military intervention in Iraq.
She added that Iraqi people and government will use all the religious political groups in a joint camp to confront the extremist, terrorist and violent elements.
The spokeswoman emphasized that the Iraqi national unity and solidarity will completely contain the terrorists.
On June 10, Iraq’s northern Nineveh Province fell into the hands of militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Takfiri (extremist terrorists’) attacks have reportedly forced more than half a million people in and around Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, to flee their homes.
Takfiri militants have vowed to march toward the capital, Baghdad.
They are said to have entered Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.