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Iraq Cannot Defeat Enemies without Iran: Envoy

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iraqi ambassador to Iran praised the Islamic Republic for its continued support for the Arab country’s campaign against terrorism and said Baghdad cannot defeat its enemies without Tehran.

Iran is helping to resolve problems facing the Islamic world, including Iraq, through providing defense and scientific support, Rajeh Saber Abboud al-Mousavi said in a speech in the Iranian central city of Qom on Sunday.

“For that reason, Iraq is always indebted to Iran,” the diplomat added.

The envoy also emphasized that Iraq cannot gain victory over its enemies without the Islamic Republic.

Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for the fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of Daesh offensive.

Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.