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Iraq ready to share Daesh intel with Iran, Russia, Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (AFP)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his country is ready to share intelligence on Daesh with Iran, Russia, and Syria upon their request.

“We have been fighting Daesh for more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding Daesh,” Abadi said during a press conference at the presidential office in capital Baghdad on Saturday, adding that there are no obstacles preventing Russia, Iran and Syria from arming the Iraqi army against the Takfiri terrorist group.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iraqi premier said he had the government’s approval to welcome Russia’s air campaign against terrorists inside Iraq.

It is the second time Abadi has welcomed Russians to conduct ant-terror air campaign in Iraq similar to Syria, where they have been engaged in airstrikes on Takfiris since Wednesday.

Impressed by what Russia has done to terrorists in Syria,  Abadi said Thursday that he was considering Moscow's anti-terror presence in his country as “a possibility”, adding “If we get the offer we will consider it and I would welcome it.”

Frame grab of footage taken from the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on October 2, 2015, shows an attack launched from a fighter jet in Syria. (AP)

Russia's response was positive as Ilya Rogachev, a senior foreign ministry official, said that his country would consider launching the strikes if it gets “such a request from the Iraqi government or a Security Council resolution that depends decisively on the will of the Iraq government.”

Meanwhile, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan's regional government, Massoud Barzani, (pictured below) said in statement that “better results” could be achieved in war against Daesh if Russia and the so-called international coalition coordinated their efforts, adding “the Kurdistan region... welcomes Russia if it supports the Peshmerga in the fight against Daesh”.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence since Daesh terrorists began their campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.

According to the United Nations, more than 21,000 Iraqis have lost their lives or sustained injuries due to the acts of violence and terrorism in the embattled Arab country since the beginning of the year.

In a statement released on Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq Fadel Ghraoui pointed to the dramatic rise in the number of Daesh operations against the Iraqi people, noting that a total of 6,238 Iraqis were killed and another 14,933 injured between January 1 and October 1, 2015.

Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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