Iran offers more military support to Iraq

Iranian Defence Minister says Iran ready to give more military support to Iraq

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan has said his country is ready to give more military support to Iraq after talks with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad on Monday.

Iran is ready to rehabilitate and develop the facilities of the Iraqi defence ministry in order to develop the deep connection between the two countries, Dehghan said.

The talks covered military cooperation between the two countries and the support provided by Iran to help Iraq in its fight against ISIS, Iraq’s Ministry of Defence said.

Earlier a senior Iranian official said his country was ready to help confront ISIS militants who seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi, and that he was certain the city would be "liberated" from ISIS’ grip.

Iraqi Shia paramilitaries, known as al-Hashd al-Shaabi, were preparing on Monday to deploy en masse to the western province of Anbar after ISIS militants overran Ramadi, the provincial capital, in their biggest victory since last summer.

"If the Iraqi government officially asks the Islamic Republic of Iran ... to carry out any step that helps Iraq to confront [them]... then the Islamic Republic of Iran will meet this call," Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran's supreme leader, had said earlier.

"I firmly believe that eventually Ramadi, like Tikrit, will be liberated from the grip of extremist terrorists," he said.

US officials say they believe Iran, one of Iraq's main allies, has carried out air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

While Iraqi government forces and Shia paramilitaries recaptured the city of Tikrit from ISIS last month, the northern city of Mosul remains under the control of ISIS.

Meanwhile, twenty five thousand people fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi - mostly towards Baghdad - after it was attacked by ISIS, the United Nations said on Monday.

Three thousand Iranian-backed militias from “al-Hashd al-Shaabi,” known also as the Popular Mobilization Forces, had arrived in Anbar province to liberate Ramadi.


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