0643 GMT February 25, 2020
Mohammad Saleh Sedqian, a political analyst, says the so-called anti-terror alliance is not after taking out ISIL, rather it seeks to fulfill Washington’s goals in the region.
How do you analyze the current situation in Iraq?
Iraq is going through a full-scale crisis. ISIL aims to take over Baghdad which is only 80km away from the terrorists’ strongholds in Ramadi.
How do you assess the US-led coalition’s attacks on ISIL?
The military alliance has so far done nothing effective and is under fire for its failure. Since the coalition began to bomb ISIL positions, the situation has not improved. On the contrary, the terrorists have made more gains on the ground, closing in on the holy city of Karbala and the capital. The US-led airstrikes not only were ineffective, but helped ISIL advance.
Do you think that the recent developments in the Syrian city of Kobani have distracted attention from ISIL advances in Iraq?
I don’t think so because the anti-ISIL coalition was unsuccessful in confronting the terrorists in Kobani, either. Many political experts are convinced that the Western-led air raids were futile. There are many questions now. There are secret goals behind the scenes of forming such an alliance by the US, and its regional and international allies. The military coalition is not after destroying ISIL, rather it pursues the United States’ hidden agenda.
What should be done to stop ISIL?
The situation is Iraq and Syria is so grave. The recent surprise visit by Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to the eastern Bekaa Valley region near the border with Syria indicates that things are critical. I think regional countries must come together and do whatever they can to stop ISIL.
Has the new Iraqi government been successful?
Iraqi figures and political parties demanding former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki step aside had simplistic views. Maliki relinquished power and since his successor Haider al-Abadi took over, the situation even deteriorated. Kurds and Sunnis had said they would cooperate with a new government if Maliki quitted. But they are not assisting the new government in spite of the fact that many of their demands have been met.