Publishe Date: 2:50 PM - 6/17/2014 | Print

Leader's Aide Underscores Iraqi Army, Nation's Victory against Terrorism

Politics - Supreme Leader’s top Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that terrorism and extremism are doomed to failure in the region, and urged the Iraqi army and nation to hammer out unity to root out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

The Iranian official on Monday expressed confidence that the Iraqi nation and government will successfully survive the current crisis.

He further added that terror acts by Takfiri group of the ISIL in Iraq are the result of the country’s successful elections as well as the high number of votes won by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s party.

Velayati also stated that extremists seek to undermine the result of this valuable victory.

More than 350 ISIL terrorists were killed in airstrikes in the Western province of al-Anbar, the Iraqi army's regional operations command said.

Warplanes attacked the militants of the ISIL as they appeared to be parading near Fallujah, a city that has been under the control of the terrorists since January.

One of the ISIL leaders, identified as Yasser Nayi, was among those killed in the airstrike, the army said.

About 400 militants hid in a four-story building in Fallujah when they saw the warplanes approaching, an army commander in the city said.

Military aircraft fired rockets and machine guns at the building, killing about 270 extremists and destroying seven vehicles, officials said.

Airstrikes also killed about 70 militants in the city of Samarra and 17 others in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, state television reported.

A total of 56 terrorists were killed in a series of operations in Baghdad in the past 24 hours, the armed forces said.

On Sunday, The army killed 279 militants over the weekend in fighting in Saladin, Diyala and Nineveh provinces, armed forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said.

The ISIL terrorists are holding Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the capital of Nineveh, and threatening to advance on Baghdad.

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