Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has once again hailed Iran’s support for Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIL Takfiri terrorists but insists there are no Iranian boots on the ground in his country.
The Iranians “have been prompt in sending us arms and ammunition,” Abadi told the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city of Davos on Friday.
He also thanked Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), for his advisory assistance in the battle against the ISIL.
“We have respect for him and the Iranian establishment,” the Iraqi premier noted.
He also voiced confidence that the Iraqi army backed by volunteer fighters is capable of recapturing the key city of Mosul from the Takfiri elements.
Abadi stated that the militants’ morale is running low, and confirmed reports that half of ISIL leaders have been eliminated.
In mid-January, he had criticized the US-led coalition for their delay in providing the Iraqi army with support and training to fight the ISIL terrorists.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have taken control of swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria since last year.
The Iraqi army, backed by pro-government tribes, Shia volunteers, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, has so far managed to make significant gains in the fight against the militants.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.