ISIL terrorists in Iraq wake-up call to ME: Official
The presence of Takfiri militants in Iraq has set the alarm bells ringing for the Middle East region, says a top Iranian official.
“The growing presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists and their acts of violence in Iraq are a wake-up call to regional security and needs serious attention and action by governments and international circles,” said Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud on Wednesday.
The spread of terrorism in the region is the fallout from the “illogical policies” pursued by the terrorists’ supporters who, themselves, would also be affected by the crises triggered by the “trend of terrorism.”
Al-Qaeda-linked militants captured the entire Iraqi city of Mosul, the capital of the Nineveh Province, after they took control of the governor's headquarters, prisons and television stations.
Takfiri groups, including the ISIL, are reportedly coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.
The SNSC secretary further hailed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s landslide victory in the country’s June 3 presidential election.
Shamkhani said the successful holding of the free and popular presidential election in Syria left no room for pretexts to spark crises, alleviated the sufferings of the Syrian people and defeated terrorist groups and their backers.
He noted that the reconstruction of Syria and establishment of security and peace are among the Arab country’s main priorities.
He expressed Iran’s support for the vote and demands of the Syrian people.
Shamkhani emphasized that the dispatch of destructive weapons by Western supporters of terrorist groups with the purpose of countering the demands of the Syrian people was an absolute disgrace, calling on all countries to respect democratic rules.
According to official figures released late on June 4, Assad won nearly 90 percent of the votes cast in Syria’s presidential race.