The countries fighting ISIS will in two months celebrate its collapse, said Major General Qassem Soleimani, IRIB reported.
“Iran, Russia, Syria, and Iraq should hold this celebration,” said the general at a ceremony held in memory of an Iranian military adviser killed in Syria.
The commander further slammed the US for its inaction in the face of ISIS terror activities and said Washington “has made no move to eradicate” the terror outfit.
“How can an administration, which itself created ISIS, claim to have played a noticeable role in fighting the outfit?” asked the senior commander. “The US’s defeat in the region is rooted in the lack of a wise leadership and having ignorant rulers.”
Major General Soleimani further said there are three reasons why Iran is standing by Syria in the fight against terrorism.
First, he said, the Takfiri outfit – which brands those not subscribing to their radicalism as “apostates” -- “consider killing us to be an imperative.”
Secondly, the general said, the terrorists seek to use Iraq and Syria as a bridge leading to Iran, noting, “We could not sit around to see Iraq and Syria fall, and then they reach us.”
And thirdly, the Islamic Republic has to defend itself against the enemy’s goal of obliterating its independence and existence, Major General Soleimani added.
In recent months, the Iraqi and Syrian armies have made major advances and dealt heavy blows to ISIS terrorists, ejecting the terror group of its main strongholds. Iran has been providing military advisory support to Iraq and Syria in their counter-terrorism operations following official requests by the two governments.
Russia has also been providing the Damascus government with military assistance in the war on terror.