Zarif Says Terror Must Be Degraded, Defeated

Zarif Says Terror Must Be Degraded, DefeatedZarif Says Terror Must Be Degraded, Defeated

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will not give up the fight against terrorism until terrorists and their ideology are defeated.

"We should not and will not rest until those behind terror in Istanbul, Dhaka and now Baghdad, and their ideology are defeated," Zarif wrote in a message posted on his official twitter account late on Sunday.

Over 150 people lost their lives and many others sustained injuries in twin attacks in the busy commercial areas of Baghdad early on Sunday.

The so-called Islamic State terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it said were aimed at Shia neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital. Separately, on July 1, a group of IS-affiliated armed men attacked a restaurant in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, setting off explosives and taking a number of people hostage.

Police finally raided the restaurant to end the siege. The Bangladeshi army announced the next day that 20 civilians, all of them foreigners, had been killed by the IS members. The six gunmen in the attack were also killed.

On June 28, a series of deadly explosions and a shooting attack occurred at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, leaving 45 people, including 19 foreign nationals, dead and nearly 240 others wounded. Iran has been offering advisory military help to Iraq and Syria -- both of which are dealing with a campaign of terror by IS and its mercenaries.

On Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said Iran will support Iraq in its fight against terrorists until their final defeat.

"All peace-loving countries in the world should make efforts to reduce the inhuman crimes by exerting pressure on the supporters of extremist groups," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.