US, allies main losers of Mosul liberation operation: Iran MP

A senior Iranian lawmaker has hailed Iraq’s recapture of the city of Mosul from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, describing the US, along with its allies, as the main loser of the liberation campaign, since it failed to advance its plots there.

Speaking to ISNA news agency on Saturday, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi congratulated the Iraqi nation, army, top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), commonly known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, on the Mosul liberation.

“The US and its regional as well as European allies was the main loser of the liberation of Mosul,” said Boroujrdi, describing the recapture as “the biggest step taken over the past years” in efforts to uproot terrorism in Iraq.

The senior MP further said the US and its allies had plotted to disintegrate Iraq through their Takfiri proxies and later use the Daesh rule in the Arab state to advance their policies.

“Daesh was, however, defeated,” said Bouroujerdi, adding that the terror group’s collapse “means the defeat of the US and the Zionist regime.”

With their failure in Mosul, he added, the Americans have now come to the conclusion that they could no longer carry out their sinister conspiracies in the region.

Boroujerdi also called Mosul’s liberation a “very important” triumph for the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has been helping the Iraqi and Syria nations in their struggles against terrorist groups

Earlier this week, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri sayid the liberation of Mosul from the grip of Daesh sounded the death knell for the divisive plots hatched by the US and its regional allies.

Daesh proclaimed Mosul as its “capital” in Iraq in 2014, when the outfit began a campaign of terror in the Arab country. The Iraqi army soldiers and allied volunteer fighters launched a large-scale, multi-front offensive to liberate Mosul in October 2016.

They took control of eastern Mosul in January and launched the battle in the west in February. The more difficult battle was the fight for western Mosul — with its narrow streets and tightly packed Old City. Daesh elements resorted to bombings, sniper fire, and mortar attacks to slow the advance of the Iraqi forces.

Nevertheless, Iraqi forces finally liberated the entire city earlier this month.

According to the latest UN figures, the Mosul battle displaced more than a million people, but nearly 200,000 have returned home.

The US and its allies have been pounding Iraq and Syria in a purported effort to root out Daesh. Those operations have widely been criticized for falling short of their announced objective and causing civilian casualties.

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