|ISIL terrorists must be tried for war crimes: Iranian defense minister||
TEHRAN – Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said on Monday that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists must be tried for committing war crimes in Iraq and Syria.
“The ISIL terrorist group and their supporters must be punished as war criminals,” Brigadier General Dehqan said, adding, “Murder, looting, rape, destruction, mass executions, and displacing thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Syria are clear examples of war crimes.”
The general also criticized “the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights” and international organizations for their inaction and silence about criminal actions of ISIL.
ISIL terrorists’ criminal actions are meant to create a safe haven for Israel and to weaken the resistance front against the Zionist regime, he said.
ISIL is the result of an “illegitimate bond” between the United States, the Zionist regime, and a number of reactionary governments in the region, he added.
He also said that a fate worse than that of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is awaiting ISIL terrorists, adding that the terrorists’ inhumane actions will certainly harm their supporters in the future.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Dehqan said that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and favors a united, secure, and developed Iraq.
Iran will support every effort meant to preserve Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity, he said.
Iraqi government forces are fighting with ISIL militants who have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq in an all-out offensive which began over three weeks ago. Iraqi forces have been able to retake some areas through carrying out special operations over the past few days.
Iran has announced that it is ready to provide Iraq with military equipment to help the country deal with the terrorists if Baghdad makes a request for military aid.
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