TEHRAN (Iran News) – An independent Irish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has described the rise of Takfiri terror in Iraq as an outcome of Washington’s 2003 invasion of the Arab country, saying neighboring Iran, unlike the US, gave Baghdad a helping hand in its fight against the Daesh terrorist group.
In a post on his twitter account on Tuesday, Mick Wallace said former US president Barack Obama refused to help Iraq, but Iran assisted the Arab country with its counter-terrorism battle.
Daesh “grew from destruction of Iraq following illegal US Invasion, with many coming from prisons where US tortured inmates. When Iraq asked Obama for help to fight ISIS, he refused —Iran came to their aid,” he tweeted.
At the same time, he added, the US along with the Israeli regime and its Persian Gulf allies armed the Takfiri militants to wreak havoc on Syria.
In 2014, when Daesh unleashed its campaign of terror in Iraq, Iranian military advisers rushed to the aid of Iraqi armed forces on Baghdad’s request, helping them reverse Daesh’s gains and ultimately liberate their entire homeland from the US-sponsored terror outfit some three years later.
Top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani played a key role in eliminating Daesh in the region.
However, angered by the senior general’s gains in the battle against Daesh, the US assassinated him upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020 on an official visit.
Wallace earlier hailed Iran’s support for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) or Hashd al-Sha’abi that made sacrifices in confronting Daesh elements.
“The Iraq Government sought US + EU help to fight ISIS in 2014 but were refused. It was Iran who helped Popular Mobilization Forces to fight ISIS which grew from illegal US Occupation — Europe should be grateful for PMF sacrifices, not demonize them,” he tweeted
In another tweet, Wallace denounced the EU’s role in the destruction of Iraq.
“Great go to Iraq to get a better understanding of situation there — And what a wonderful people. It was also an opportunity to apologize for the role Ireland played in the destruction of their country by allowing US Military use Shannon to destroy over a million Iraqi lives,” he wrote.
In early 2003, the US invaded Iraq under the later debunked pretext that the regime of Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Since then, it has been fabricating pretects to prolong its presence in the country and causing insecurity there, turning a deaf ear to an Iraqi parliamentary resolution that demands the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by America.