Warning Over Iraq Disintegration Plot

Warning Over Iraq Disintegration PlotWarning Over Iraq Disintegration Plot

The Iranian judiciary chief warned of a plot hatched by some western and Arab countries to partition Iraq, expressing the Islamic Republic's opposition to any scheme aimed at undermining the Arab country's territorial integrity.

"We oppose the disintegration of Iraq and insist on Iraq's unity and independence," Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said in a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Baghdad on Sunday, Press TV reported.

He noted that global powers have always used terrorism and imposed wars on regional nations to plunder their assets and said such a plot was also hatched for Iraq because it is a rich and populous country.

Amoli Larijani pointed to the ongoing Iraqi military operations to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants and hoped that the Iraqi people would emerge victotious in the battle against terrorism.

The Iraqi government soldiers, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched a large-scale offensive to liberate the strategic city on October 17.

Mosul has been under IS control since 2014. The terrorist group has described the city as its so-called headquarters in Iraq.

There are reports that about 50,000 Iraqi ground troops are involved in the Mosul offensive, including 30,000 army troops, 10,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and the remaining 10,000 from police and Popular Mobilization Forces.

Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat announced on Sunday that Iraqi forces have managed to establish control over 61 villages, purge 1,400 square kilometers of IS militants and evacuate 1,396 displaced families to safety zones.

He added that 747 IS terrorists have also been killed and 88 others captured during this period.

Jabouri said Iran and Iraq are standing by each other in the fight against terrorism, which is tarnishing the name of Islam.

He added that his country needs more cooperation with Iran in different fields, particularly in the political and social sectors, after the liberation of Mosul and welcomes expansion of ties with Tehran.

Amoli Larijani and Jabouri also exchanged views about strengthening Tehran-Baghdad judicial cooperation.

The Iranian judiciary chief arrived in Baghdad on Saturday at the head of a high-ranking delegation. He also held talks with Medhat al-Mahmoud, the head of Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the attorneys general of the two countries for cooperation on human rights issues and in the fight against terrorism.


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