Iran condemns any move aimed at disrupting peace, stability in Iraq

An Iraqi fighter from the Popular Mobilization Units inspects the site of an attack by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group a day earlier, on a unit of the paramilitary force in Salahuddin Province on May 3, 2020. (Photo by AFP)
Iran has strongly condemned a “criminal and cowardly” attack by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq that killed a number of fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports Iraq’s efforts to fight terrorism and establish peace in the country and condemns any move aimed at undermining stability in Iraq,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday.

He also offered Iran's condolences and sympathy with the Iraqi government and nation over the martyrdom of the PMU fighters.

The Iranian official expressed hope that through their rapport and diligence, the Iraqi government and nation would be able to get rid of the few weakened remnants of the Daesh terrorist group, "which has been created and is being supported by certain governments."

At least 10 PMU fighters were killed in coordinated assault which took place in the cities of Mekeeshfa and Balad in Iraq’s Salahuddin Province on Saturday.
The PMU said its fighters have now taken control of the situation, adding the Iraqi government has also sent reinforcements to supplement efforts and prepare for a possible retaliatory attack.

The PMU was formed by popular volunteer forces in 2014 after the Daesh terror group launched a campaign of bloodshed and destruction against Iraq.

The group played a major role pushing back and ultimately defeating the terrorist forces which had taken control of large swathes of the Arab country.

The Iraqi parliament voted to integrate the PMU into the Iraqi military in 2016, effectively placing the force under the command of the prime minister and granting the group a standing similar to that of other branches of Iraqi security forces.

The combined push, which was reinforced by Iraq’s allies, including Iran, ultimately led to Daesh’s expulsion in late 2017.

Daesh remnants, who conduct sporadic attacks against Iraqi security forces and civilians alike with increasing regularity, attempt to regroup and wage a new era of its reign of terror and destruction in the region.