TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Dehqan sent two separate messages on Sunday to Hadi al-Ameri, a senior commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, and Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan Mahmoud al-Hayali.
In his message to Ameri, the Iranian defense minister said the complete liberation of the historical city of Mosul from the control of Daesh terrorist group brought happiness to all advocates and supporters of stability, peace and security in Iraq, particularly the Iraqi nation, government and the armed forces.
It was impossible to achieve such victories in Iraq without the sincerity, bravery and devotion of the volunteer forces under the leadership of top Shia clerics and the country’s brave commanders, he added.
The Iranian defense minister also offered his congratulations to Hayali and the Iraqi government, people and the armed forces.
“This major victory thwarted plots [hatched] by the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Dehqan said.
He expressed hope that it would lead to the complete defeat of the arrogant system’s strategy of waging proxy wars in the region.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced final “victory” over the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Mosul after eight months of combat against the extremists, which has left parts of the country’s second largest city in ruins.
The recapture of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, would mark the effective end of Daesh in the Arab country.