"We do believe that countering the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is not possible except with the support offered by our neighbor Iran and the resistance shown by the country’s nation,” Commander of Iraq’s Badr Brigade Hadi al-Ameri told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
He further noted that Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi owes the launch of his government to support offered by Iran.
Al-Ameri made the remarks on the sidelines of a memorial service held in the Iranian capital to commemorate country’s military adviser, General Hamid Taqavi, who was recently martyred in the Iraqi city of Samarrah while on an advisory mission.
A one-time commander of the 8-year Iraqi war on Iran in the 1980s, Taqavi was killed in Samarrah while performing an advisory mission as part of Iran's military advice help to Iraq in its fight against ISIL.
The Arab country has been facing the growing threat of Takfiri terrorism, posed largely by the ISIL terrorist group.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants accomplished swift advances in much of Iraq in the country’s north and west in summer 2014.