Iran’s Top Commander Lauds Russian President for Launching Anti-ISIL Campaign
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision to launch massive attacks against the ISIL (also known as Daesh) terrorist group in Syria.
“The bravery and sagacity of Mr. Putin ... in (taking) a practical step to clamp down on the sedition of the Daesh is a highly commendable action” that the Russian people can take pride in, General Firouzabadi said in a speech on Monday.
“The move demonstrated that Russians have a far-sighted leader, who has well recognized the threats of terrorism nurtured by imperialism, Zionism and reactionaries to Russia’s national security,” the commander added.
He further expressed the hope that regional countries and other nations harmed by terrorism, France in particular, would take a serious decision to fight against the inauspicious phenomenon.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with Takfiri terrorists from various groups, including the ISIL, currently controlling parts of it.
Meanwhile, Russia’s recent aerial support for the Syrian forces has given fresh impetus to the fight against the foreign-backed terrorists.
Since late September, Russia has been carrying out bombings against the ISIL terrorists in Syria, after Russia's parliament granted President Putin authorization to deploy the country's air force abroad.
In the past four and a half years, more than 250,000 people have died in Syria -overwhelmingly civilians- and around 4 million Syrian people are now refugees in other countries. Around 8 million others have been displaced internally.