A commander of the volunteer forces fighting alongside the Iraqi military against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq said the ideology adopted by the terrorists originates in Saudi Arabia.
Hadi al-Ameri, who is also head of the Badr Organization, an Iraqi political party, dismissed as worthless the accusations made by certain Persian Gulf Arab states against the popular forces fighting against ISIL in Iraq, presstv reported.
“We don’t listen to the opponents, who echo the comments of certain Persian Gulf Arab states, because we consider them as a contributor to terrorism,” he said.
“Persian Gulf Arab states have played a great role in supporting terrorism in Syria. They support bloodshed and terrorism in Syria. Some Persian Gulf Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia… are to blame for all the damage that has been inflicted on Syria,” the Iraqi commander said.
“Therefore, we totally disregard those pointing the finger at us,” Ameri said, rejecting criticism that the volunteer forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units, are spreading sectarianism in Iraq.
Iraq has been fighting a campaign of terror launched by the ISIL terrorist group, which launched an offensive in the country in June 2014 and overtook certain areas of Iraq.
The Popular Mobilization Units have been an efficient force, allied with the Iraqi army, in attempts to take back the militant-held areas and degrade the terrorist group of ISIL.
The remarks by Ameri, whose forces fight under the banner of the Popular Mobilization units, came after the Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Thamer al-Sabhan, claimed that sectarianism and tribalism were the driving force behind the Iraqi government’s arming of volunteer forces.
Reacting to the developments, the popular units called on the central government in Baghdad to expel the Saudi ambassador for instigating sedition and insulting the Iraqi people.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ameri stressed that it is crucial to fight Takfirism on an ideological level alongside the military operations, so as to completely defeat the terrorists.
Ameri also said the US supported terrorists and in Syria, who then penetrated into Iraq and began killing the people. He warned that ISIL is like a dangerous disease that can spread all over the world if it is not eradicated.
The Iraqi commander praised the unity among all Iraqi groups fighting the terrorists, adding that they won’t stop until the city of Fallujah, in the Western Anbar Province, and other places in the country are liberated from the terrorists.
In recent weeks, the Iraqi army has been engaged in large-scale military operations to wrest back control of Fallujah. Iraqi forces have freed most areas around the city, but are facing resistance during their advances.
Humanitarian organizations say ISIL has trapped around 50,000 civilians, including 20,000 children, in Fallujah, threatening those who try to escape with death.
Iraqi Premier Haider al-Abadi says safe corridors have been established to allow civilians to flee.