Iraq calls for international support to fight ISIS

Published August 25th, 2014 - 07:55 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has called for international support for Iraq’s fight against ISIS militants, as Iraqi forces try to clear more areas of the terrorists.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on Sunday, Zebari urged the international community to further support Iraq, saying the country “needs help and support from everybody... all the forces against terrorism.”

Iraq does not need foreign troop deployment as “there is no shortage of fighting men,” the Iraqi foreign minister said.

The positions of ISIS militants in northern Iraq have been bombarded by US airstrikes since August 8, allowing Kurdish forces to retake control of the Qaraj area.

Also on Sunday, Iraqi forces repelled a fresh militant attack on the Baiji oil refinery near the town of Tikrit, killing dozens of militants.

The Iranian diplomat  also called on all the countries in the Middle East region to take action against the group, which he said is threatening “the entire region and the international peace and security.”

Zarif said Iran will stand by Iraq in fighting the ISIS militants.

The ISIS terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Yazidi Kurds and others, as they continue 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.

The Iraqi army, backed by thousands of volunteers, is engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIS militants to push them out of the captured areas.

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