27-01-2023 04:13 AM Jerusalem Timing

Iraq’s Abadi Defends Partnership with Iran, Syria, Russia

Iraq’s Abadi Defends Partnership with Iran, Syria, Russia

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi defended his country’s intelligence-sharing agreement with Russia, Syria, and Iran, saying Baghdad needs to work with these countries to defeat ISIL.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-AbadiIraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi defended his country's intelligence-sharing agreement with Russia, Syria, and Iran, saying Baghdad needs to work with these countries to defeat the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group.

In a televised speech before his departure to attend the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Abadi said Iraq welcomed Russia's "recent interest" in battling ISIL, which had taken over a third of Iraq's territory.

"Many terrorists who are fighting with [ISIL] are Russian who would return to Russia to carry out terrorist acts," Abadi said, noting that his country's interests are aligned with Syria, Russia, and Iran in seeking to eliminate ISIL.

Iraq will continue to work closely with the US-led coalition that has been bombing ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he said. Iraq needs "all the world's intelligence efforts in order to fight, to besiege, and to terminate ISIL."