An Iraqi military spokesman says the US had no role in the Arab country’s recapture of Mosul despite Western reports characterizing American troops as leading the operation to retake the city from Daesh.
According to Press TV, recent gains in the Old City of Mosul have brought Iraqi troops closer to victory against Daesh, with the three branches of the country’s security forces fighting the last remnants of the Takfiri group holed up in buildings.
The Spokesman for Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters Karim al-Nouri told Iran’s Mehr news agency that “a few remaining terrorists are awaiting their deaths and this is definite.”
“Washington wants to have a share in the final victory announcement against Daesh and benefit from it, but I have to emphasize that this victory was won by the Iraqi people and the United States did not play any role in it,” he said.
Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, incorporating members of all ethnic and religious groups, have joined government forces in operations against Daesh across the country. They were given legal status by Iraq’s Parliament last November.
Hashd troops, Nouri said, have helped re-establish security in Iraq and prevent Mosul’s break-up along ethnic lines.
“This is because Turkey and some of the local parties sought to break up Mosul, however Hashd al-Sha’abi foiled their plot. It also did not allow the conspiracy of the enemies to splinter Mosul and other parts of the region to realize.”
Nouri said all of the liberated areas will be under the control of the Iraqi government like before the Daesh terrorist attack, adding there will be no change in the demographic make-up of the city, which has an array of Turcoman, Arab and Kurdish communities.
The Hashd al-Sha’abi spokesman further praised Iran and the Commander of the Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani for their role in Iraq’s victories.
“Iran was the first country to stand with Iraq and support us. Major General Qassem Soleimani has been and continues to serve as the best adviser on the battlefield against Daesh,” he said.