Iraq seeks closer security cooperation with Iran

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Iraq’s Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi has praised Iran’s key role in supporting Baghdad in the fight against terror groups, calling for closer security cooperation between the two neighbors.

In a Monday meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar, Obeidi underscored the significance of security ties between Tehran and Baghdad, saying his country was ready to further enhance bilateral cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian envoy, in turn, expressed the country’s preparedness to further bolster security cooperation with Iraq.

Danaifar also reaffirmed Tehran’s support for Baghdad in its anti-terror battle, offering congratulations to the Iraqi nation, government and armed forces on their recent victories against the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Iraqi army soldiers, who have been fighting the ISIL extremists for nearly six months, are currently carrying out mop-up operations against the Takfiri terrorists in the northern parts of the violence-stricken country.

The Iraqi troops have pledged to make more gains in their battle against the Takfiri group, which has large swathes of land under control in Iraq and Syria.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq. They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.

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