No need for Arab states to strike ISIL: Iraqi president

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Monday, 15 September 2014

Iraqi President Fouad Massoum has said it is not necessary for Arab states to join the US-led airstrikes against the Takfiri ISIL militants in Iraq.

Massoum said in an interview on Monday that there is no need for Arab countries such as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to join airstrikes against the ISIL and its affiliated groups.

The remarks by President Massoum come as certain Arab states have been among the main supporters of the Takfiri militants over the past years.

Several Arab countries have already offered to join Washington in the airstrikes against the ISIL militants.

The American officials say the offer was not limited to airstrikes in Iraq, with some expressing willingness to make similar attacks elsewhere.

Several US and European officials have voiced concern that militants in Syria and Iraq may bite the hand that feeds them.

The brutal beheadings of American journalists by ISIL are the latest and most shocking example of foreign militants threatening the West's interests.

The Takfiri ISIL terrorists currently control parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions. They have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.

The West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are giving financial and military support to the militants.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence, and is believed to be supported by the Israeli regime.

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