Takfiri terrorists have nowhere to hide: Iraqi PM

Takfiri terrorists have nowhere to hide: Iraqi PM
Mon Jun 16, 2014 09:58:12

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned that Takfiri insurgents triggering terror within Iraq have nowhere to hide as the country’s armed forces are advancing toward their strongholds.

Maliki made the remarks in a speech to volunteer fighters on Sunday at a military camp in Mahmoudiya, 30 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad.

“We have retaken the initiative and here we are advancing to defeat them with you and with your brothers in the armed forces and with all those who stood by the will of the Iraqi people,” Maliki said referring to the militants from al-Qaeda-linked group the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We started to march toward them. There will be no place for them to hide. Our slogan and your slogan should be they have no place to hide,” the Iraqi premier added.

Earlier in the day, security forces and local tribesmen foiled an attack by the ISIL militants in the strategic city of Tal Afar in Nineveh Province, killing at least 18 militants and destroying five vehicles.

According to local officials, some 8000 tribal fighters have joined the fight against the Takfiri militants in Nineveh.

Meanwhile, an Iraqi government spokesman said that nearly 300 terrorists have been killed in clashes with Iraqi forces over the past 24 hours.

Militants have taken control of Mosul, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital. They have vowed to continue their raid toward Baghdad, but their advance has been slowed down as Iraqi military forces and volunteer fighters have begun engaging them on several fronts, in some cases even pushing the militants out of the areas they had earlier overrun.

Major Shia clerics, namely Sheikh Bashir al-Najafi and Seyyed Mortada al-Qazwini, as well as Iraqi Sunni scholar Sheikh Ahmed al-Kabisi of Basra and a number of other influential Shia and Sunni clerics across the nation have called on their communities to heed the call by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to take up arms against the terrorist threat.


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