FM: ISIL Seeking to Establish Islamic Emirate at Syrian-Iraqi Borders
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is attempting to establish an Islamic Emirate at the bordering areas between Syria and Iraq.
“One of the consequences of the Syrian crisis for Iraq, specially in al-Anbar province, has been the venture and courage that the ISIL has found for occupying the province; the Western part of the province and al-Ramadi city have, of course, been freed through the efforts of government and security forces and cooperation of tribes and local leaders, but the problem has still remained in place in Fallujah,” Zebari said in an interview with the London-based al-Sharq al-Owsat newspaper on Tuesday.
“The ISIL terrorists intend to create an Islamic Emirate at the Syrian-Iraqi borders,” he added, cautioning that such a move would have dangerous repercussions for the entire region.
Iraq, the Eastern neighbor of Syria, has long been affected by the terrorist operations of foreign militants in Syria.
In the latest development on Monday, the Iraqi army killed 20 ISIL terrorists, including 14 Pakistani, one Libyan and 5 Iraqis, in Nineveh desert.
The documents that the militants had showed that they had been trained in Syria for a long time before they entered Iraq.
The Iraqi army also destroyed a number a vehicles which belong to the terrorists in Fallujah and al-Karma area.