In an interview with russian news outlet (RT) , Iraqi interior minister said the following :
Click here for full interview and its clip
interesting parts :
"SS: So let’s start from the latest. The Iraqi army and the Shia militias have almost defeated IS in Tikrit, but the Islamic State has recently
claimed victory in Ramadi, an important strategic town, and it’s also still in control of Fallujah and Mosul. Now, with the coalition bombing
campaign, with the advisors trying to train the Iraqi army, with the international arms help – how is ISIS still claiming territories? Why is ISIS
MSAG: Well, first of all I would like to correct the terms: we don’t have the Shia militia. We have popular mobilization, this sort of fighters and
their force being formed by the government, with high authority, religious authorities calling the people to come and join the government forces to
defend our territories, to defend our sovereignty."
As i said before here on ATS , PMF was not allowed to fight ISIS in al-anbar province because of the jealousy of some weird tribes .
"SS: Iran was actually among the first countries to come to the aid in your fight against the Islamic State: it helped you with weaponry, it helped
you with military advisors – who would you say is helping Iraq more at this point? The U.S. or Iran? Who you’re getting more help from?
MSAG: The situation since the collapse of Mosul was very difficult, was very crucial – we were in situation where Baghdad was under threat, and it
was a serious threat, actually. So we welcome anybody who help us and as you mentioned, Iran was the first one to give help to Iraq and give hand to
Iraq. Even the Kurds, when the threat was very close to Erbil, the first supplies of ammunition that reached Kurds were from Iran, not from other
people. So, we’re receiving many claims from other countries that they are supporting Iraq, but on the ground, I say, clearly Iran was the first in
everything to support Iraq
"SS: U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, he actually said that he’s very concerned about Iranian involvement in Iraq in the fight against the
Islamic State. So, you’d think Islamic State is a common threat to everybody, like you’ve said, so shouldn’t you be getting any help that you
could get? Why should America be so agitated about Iran helping you?
MSAG: As I said, it is: ISIS is a threat to everybody, of course, it’s a threat to Iran. We have border for more than 1200 km with Iran, Iran feels
the threat is very close, and more than for any other country – so they share this threat and so they helped us. We welcome any help, so we don’t
want to get involved in conflict between some countries. As a country we would like to see ourselves out of any polarization in the region, between
Iran and other countries, we want to liberate our territory. We want to defend our sovereignty, so we’re welcoming any country to help us. We
don’t care about the polarization in the area, we want to have a policy not to interfere into any country’s policy or the conflict between other
countries in the region. We want to see ourselves as unified and our territory, sovereignty is kept away from this polarization."
Our thoughts go out to Iraqis in their fight against ISIS monkeys