Iraq Seeking Russia's Help in War on ISIL: Badr Commander

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 06 October 2015


Head of Iraq's Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri underlined that his country has asked for Moscow's assistance in the ongoing war on Takfiri terrorists after it saw a serious lack of resolve on the part of the US-led coalition to fight ISIL.

"Baghdad turned to Russia after it witnessed lack of seriousness of the US-led coalition in the fight against the Takfiri terrorist group," the Arabic-language Al-Horra TV channel quoted al-Ameri as saying on Tuesday.

The top commander of the Iraqi popular forces, meantime, blasted the western media for supporting the ISIL, and said, "There will be a decisive battle against the ISIL in the coming days which will change the military equations in the region."

On Monday, a spokesman for Iraqi popular forces announced that the Iraqi forces are advancing in different battlefronts against the Takfiri terrorists as the Arab country has formed a quadrilateral front against the ISIL with Iran, Russia and Syria.

"With the start of military operations by the quadrilateral coalition comprising Iraq, Iran, Russia and Syria against terrorism we will witness intensified military operations of the joint forces in all fronts in the coming days," Ahmed al-Assadi told FNA.

He reiterated that the intelligence which is to be gathered by the coalition countries on enemy movements will expedite the future battles, and said, "The quadrilateral coalition will increase its efforts to suppress terrorist groups and the destruction of the ISIL will happen sooner by giving joint security information and intelligence to the military units in the battlefield."

On Sunday, a senior Iraqi politician revealed that his country along with Iran, Russia and Syria have set up an information exchange center which will pave the ground for the formation of a quadrilateral operations room in campaign against terrorism.

"The information center has been formed some days ago after 6 months of discussions," Political Advisor to the Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Mohsen Hakim told FNA.

Elaborating on the information exchange room, he said that the officer in charge is changed every three months but the reports are provided to the Iranian, Iraqi, Russian and Syrian armies' joint chief of staff every day to update their information.

Hakim underlined that the information center can be a preliminary step to set up a joint operations room or Centcom.

He further reminded his country's need to logistical aid and air backup, and said Iraq at present doesn’t need ground forces to fight against the terrorist groups.

On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Baghdad is willing to share anti-ISIL intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria.

"We have been fighting ISIL more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding ISIL,” Abadi said, addressing a press conference which took place at the presidential office in the capital.

Abadi also stated that he would welcome military equipment assistance from Iran, Syria or Russia, while referring to Moscow’s recent attacks on ISIL positions in Syria.

"There aren’t any obstacles preventing the coalition of four (i.e. Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq) from arming the Iraqi military against the ISIL,” he said.

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