Al-Maliki: Iraqi People Not to Forget Iran’s Support in Battle against ISIL
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iraq’s first Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said the people of his country will never forget Iran’s “unwavering support” in their battle against Takfiri terrorists.
Nouri al-Maliki made the remarks during a ceremony held at Iran’s embassy in Baghdad to mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
Terrorist groups, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over summer 2014, after capturing swaths of northern Syria.
However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive and resulted in the freedom of many towns and villages.
Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country in its battle against terrorist groups.
The Iraqi vice president also expressed the hope that the political, economic and cultural ties between Tehran and Baghdad would expand.