The leader of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, late Tuesday night, blasted the United States for creating the Islamic State group, while praising the liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
“U.S. officials acknowledged that the Obama administration established the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIS, and U.S. assistance to the Iraqi Army is controversial,” stated Nasrallah, in a speech broadcast live from Beirut.
He also lauded the Iraqi troops in Mosul, that on Monday, formally declared victory against Islamic State in the city, the country’s largest city which fell into the hands of the terrorist group in June 2014.
“The liberation of Mosul is a very, very advanced and great step in the course of the eradication of ISIS,” stressed Nasrallah.
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The leader also praised the Iraqi Shia paramilitary forces for their key role in the nine-month campaign that also saw Iraqi Army soldiers fight alongside the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by their Arabic name, Hashd al-Sha’abi.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country’s military also lent its forces to the campaign, also hailed the liberation of the northern Iraqi city.
He stressed that over the past 15 years, the U.S. military interventions and the occupation of both Afghanistan and Iraq have not only failed in defeating terrorist groups but instead created new problems in the region.
Mosul was initially where the so-called Islamic State group declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate" three years ago.
The battle for Mosul has left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly 1 million people.