TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The new Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday.
In the gathering, the two diplomats discussed the situation in Iraq, particularly the status of terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIL) in the Arab country.
They also talked about the US move to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as the provocative and hate-inciting activities of certain regional states against Iran.
Daesh militants made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large areas of Syria.
But the timely support by Iran helped Syria and Iraq fight off Daesh. In addition, formation of military units by volunteers in Iraq, known as Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Units, blunted the edge of Daesh offensive and later made the terror group withdraw from much of the territories it had occupied.
In December 2017, Iraqi troops eventually drove the terror group from all the territory it once held in Iraq.
However, Deash sleeper cells have since emerged in some parts of the Arab country carrying out terrorist attacks from time to time.