|Iran will help Iraq to fight terrorism if requested: Velayati||
TEHRAN - A senior Iranian politician says the Islamic Republic will make every effort to help Iraq in its campaign against terrorism if Baghdad asks for help.
Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks at a banquet with a number of Chinese media staff, experts, and academics at the Iranian Embassy in Beijing on Monday.
On the latest developments in Iraq, Velayati said the recent acts by takfiris in Iraq is the result of their “decisive defeat” at the country’s elections in which Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s bloc won the most parliamentary seats.
“So the extremists are making efforts to undermine the outcome of this precious victory,” the former chief diplomat said.
Velayati, the president of the Center for Strategic Research at Iran’s Expediency Council, expressed hope that the Iraqi government and nation would weather the current crisis successfully.
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, have routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The fighters have been joined by some armed groups who still sympathize with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The United Nations human rights chief said forces allied with ISIL had almost certainly committed war crimes by executing hundreds of non-combatant men in Iraq over the past few days, according to Reuters.
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