General Soleimani referred to a recent UN-sponsored conference held in Tehran on ways to tackle dust and sand storms, and said the organization of such conferences is very important as they help resolve people’s problems.
He at the same time noted that it is also crucial to hold international gatherings for exchanging views on the fight against ISIS.
“How is it that we hold emergency meetings to discuss the issue of airborne particulates, but we don’t hold conferences on fighting ISIS?” General Soleimani noted, speaking in a Monday ceremony commemorating Iranian martyrs.
The Iranian general said crimes committed by ISIS terrorists are so heinous that no media outlet can cover them.
ISIS militants delivered the coup the grace to thousands of innocent people in Tikrit or traded Izadi women, the general noted.
“The terrorists decapitated an infant in Aleppo. In Diyala, they took a baby from his mother by force, barbecued him like a lamb, and sent him back to his mother with some rice,” he noted.
They also carried out hundreds of suicide attacks, according to the general.
He further referred to the importance of diplomacy in settling international problems, but at the same time noted that it is not always useful.
“Diplomacy is good, but what diplomacy can be as effective as the blood of our martyrs?”
“Diplomacy is very good and we welcome it, but some issues cannot be resolved through diplomacy,” said the top commander.
Iran Played Role in Mosul Liberation
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said Iran takes pride in having contributed to the recapture of the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists.
Iran played a role in this victory by offering prompt support, not to mention the devoted troopers who were martyred to secure Mosul’s liberation, he noted.
The general said the Iranian Defence Ministry worked for “three shifts” per day to produce munitions for the Iraqi military.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran should offer all its resources to the Iraqi Armed Forces without expecting anything in return,” he quoted the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as saying.
The commander said the city of Mosul was liberated thanks to the fatwas by top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sistani, who supports not only Shiites, but every single Iraqi.
This cleric, said General Soleimani, encouraged the Iraqi youths as well as the Popular Mobilization Units to rise up against terrorists.
The general appreciated efforts by the Iraqi armed forces and Popular Mobilization Units in combating terrorists.
He said the Iraqi military is reliable today and can stand up to any aggression without any need for the help of foreign troops.
“Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds have come to the conclusion that they should assume the responsibility of running their country together,” the commander said.
He also appreciated Hezbollah’s assistance in Iraq and Syria and said many of the resistance movement’s members were martyred while fighting alongside Iraqi and Syrian troops against militants.