|U.S. lacks ‘serious will’ in war against terrorism: Iranian diplomat||
TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian has said that the U.S. lacks ‘serious will’ in campaign against terrorism in Iraq and other countries in the region.
The U.S. is in fact seeking to fuel sectarianism in Iraq, the Fars news agency quoted him as saying on Saturday.
On Thursday, Obama said U.S. military forces had increased their intelligence-gathering flights over Iraq in recent days and pledged to send military advisors to Baghdad and would consider military strikes if necessary, but the U.S. has not taken any actions yet.
Abdollahian said a hesitation by the U.S. to take action against ISIL in Iraq has raised suspicions about Washington’s objectives in the region.
Instead of reinforcing national unity in Iraq and supporting its government, the U.S. has focused on fuelling sectarianism in Iraq, he said.
He went on to say that the crisis in Iraq can only be resolved by fostering unity among Shia Sunni, and Kurdish communities and this can be achieved through all countries’ practical support.
He added Iran will strongly support Iraq in its war against terrorism.
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with a support from Baathists, have captured several areas in northern Iraq and are threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their military offensive until they reach Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back.
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