Liberation of Iraq’s Mosul Sign of US Defeat: Iranian MPs
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian lawmakers praised the recent recapture of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul from the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group, saying it proved the defeat of the US government that had provided massive support for the terrorists.
Issuing a statement on Sunday 160 Iranian parliamentarians offered their congratulations to the Iraqi people and government as well the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC’s) advisory mission in the Arab country over the recent liberation of Mosul.
The lawmakers also described the victory as “a sign of the defeat of the US, its allies and regional supporters of Daesh and other terrorist groups”.
Daesh militants made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 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 Ayatollah Sistani issued the fatwa calling for the fight against the militants, blunted the edge of Daesh offensive and forced the terrorist group to withdraw from much of the areas it had occupied.
Iraqi military forces on Thursday captured the Mosul mosque at the heart of the northern city, which Daesh had declared its de facto capital.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of the site of the symbolic al-Nuri Mosque in Old Mosul as “the declaration of the end of the statelet of Daesh.”
Iraqi authorities expect the long battle for Mosul to end in coming days as remaining Daesh militants are bottled up in just a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City.
Daesh stronghold in Syria’s Raqqa is also close to falling.