Iraq, Russia, Iran, Syria military chiefs discuss security, intel cooperation

This handout picture released by the official Syrian state television on September 1, 2018 shows Iraqi military commanders (C) seated during a security cooperation and information-sharing meeting with their Iranian, Syrian and Russian counterparts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Senior military commanders from Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have met in Baghdad and exchanged views on security and intelligence cooperation.

The commanders from the four countries, which have joint operation rooms to coordinate the fight against the Daesh terror group, attended the conference on Saturday.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said it had received delegations led by deputy chiefs of staff to “strengthen cooperation and coordination in terms of security and intelligence among these countries.”

Lieutenant General Salim Harba, head of the Syrian delegation to the conference, said that the four countries are in agreement over tackling terrorism, which is a threat to humanity.

He also warned that US proxies were planning a new chemical attack in Syria to pin the blame on Damascus and justify a new aggressionagainst the Arab country.

At the request of Damascus, Iran has been offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian government fighting an all-out militancy.

Russia, too, has military advisers in the Arab country, besides carrying out aerial bombardments on behalf of the Syrian government.

The support by Tehran and Moscow has enabled the Syrian army to speed up its gains on various fronts against Takfiri militants.

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Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq and Syria in 2014, occupying territory in the two Arab countries and establishing a self-proclaimed “caliphate.”

The Takfiri group was gradually driven out of all the land it had occupied in Iraq and Syria and both countries announced Daesh’s territorial collapse in December 2017.

Daesh remnants, however, are now believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border region.

A recent report by the United Nations estimates that between 20,000 and 30,000 Daesh members are still holed up in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq risks Daesh re-emergence

On Saturday, a study warned that extremist groups such as Daesh may re-emerge in Iraq if the country fails to tackle a critical drought and other climate-related issues.

The study, conducted by the Expert Working Group on Climate-Related Security Risks, was presented to the UN Security Council.

“The combination of its hydrological limitations, increasing temperatures and extreme weather events puts pressure on basic resources and undermines livelihood security for Iraq’s population,” the report said.

“Failure to monitor and manage these climate-related risks will increase the risk of Daesh and post-Daesh terrorist groups gaining support and regaining strength within resource-constrained communities.”

In a purported audio recording in Arabic released last month, Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, called on his followers to keep up their terror attacks.

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  1. It seems that only thorough joint anti-terrorist advice for the countries mentioned should involve expelling US and UK forces from Arab countries. US and UK forces provide logistic and military support to terrorists with benevolent media in the west providing the surrounding ubiquitus need for deployment. It is lunacy trying to develop tactics of fighting terrorism without rooting out the very breeders of terrorism, at least those based in Arab world (much harder to battle those situated in London and D.C.). But, as Russians have learned so far, the very first move against US forces or a legitimate cry for expelling them could provide cassus belli for destroying any given Arab government at any moment. Such is the ominous nature of NATO and its sick UK US and French colonial roots.

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