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ISIS is threat to entire human race, Iraqi foreign minister says in exclusive interview

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EXCLUSIVE: The Iraqi overseas minister urged Western international locations to proceed chasing the remnants of ISIS till the group is totally eradicated as a result of it presents a menace to humanity. 

“We should take it severely as a result of, after they began, they have been additionally small. However as soon as they turned a part of the issue, not solely that they’ve weapons of their arms, however this has to do with an ideology as ISIS has to do with their tradition, with concepts,” Iraq’s International Minister Fuad Hussein informed Fox Information Digital in an unique interview on the sidelines of the United Nations Basic Meeting. 

“So we should struggle ISIS … not solely combating ISIS on navy area or by navy means,” Hussein added. “We’d like totally different sorts of training so the struggle towards ISIS as an ideology will not be but there. And we have to do extra.

“We’d like totally different platforms speaking about this ideology, as a result of, on the finish, it’s a menace for humanity.” 

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A masked Islamic State soldier poses holding the ISIS flag in 2015. 
(Historical past/Common Photographs Group through Getty Photographs)

The U.S. and its allies declared a navy victory over ISIS and an finish to the caliphate in 2019 after destroying the final stronghold within the Syrian village of Baghouz. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which cooperates with the U.S. navy, led the hassle on the bottom. 

However remnants of ISIS continued to function in rural Iraq and Syria. Operatives have centered recruiting efforts on the al-Hol refugee camp, the biggest such camp in Syria, which U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla warned was a “breeding floor” for future ISIS operatives. 

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Hussein shared Kurilla’s issues, saying that the camp threatened a number of international locations within the area. Worse, he argued that if the camp will not be contained, it will result in operatives appearing freely inside Syria once more. 

“What’s going to occur?” Hussein requested. “That implies that can be as soon as once more energetic inside Syria and that additionally they might cross the border, and they’ll come as a result of Syria will not be so distant from Iraqi border. So they may cross the border, and they’ll come to Iraq.”

However Hussein stated his nation may proceed to look to the U.S., applauding the connection between the 2 international locations regardless of “some points, some issues throughout some durations.” 

“I believe the connection has modified from being there with … [the] American military now to a extra wholesome relationship,” Hussein stated. “And the Individuals can help Iraq in numerous means, particularly constructing the Iraqi economic system, so America can play an necessary position inside Iraq.” 

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, left, confers with his spokesman following an interview with Fox News Digital.  

Iraqi International Minister Fuad Hussein, left, confers along with his spokesman following an interview with Fox Information Digital.  
(Fox Information Digital)

Hussein stated tensions in his nation spiked throughout the Trump administration after Trump pulled out of the Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA), and that the Biden administration’s efforts to resurrect a nuclear deal introduced “a good improvement.” 

However America isn’t the one nation with whom Iraq has labored to construct partnerships. Iraq’s geopolitical place requires it to play good with its neighbors and overseas pursuits, that means the nation has to strike offers with China and Iran. China lately elevated funding in Iraq by way of a construction-for-oil deal.

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“Iraq wants an Iraqi economic system and Iraqi infrastructure, [we] want, rebuilding [and] restructuring and China — or Chinese language corporations — can play a job in that case,” Hussein stated. “However it’s not, because it has been stated, that we’re relying closely on that deal. Really, for a very long time, we did not begin translating the deal into actuality.

“You see, we have now obtained an excellent relationship with our neighbor, Iran, as we have now good relationship with Kuwait, with Jordan, with Turkey, with the Gulf international locations,” Hussein insisted. “And our relationship. It relies on many, many, many fields. It has to do with historical past. It has to do with geography. It has to do with tradition.” 

Boys walk at al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, March 8, 2019. 

Boys stroll at al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, March 8, 2019. 
(Reuters/Issam Abdallah)

“Iran is our neighbor, and we cope with Iran as a pleasant nation, and that does not imply we do not have right here and there some issues,” he defined. “Nevertheless, we try to cope with these issues by way of dialogue with them.” 

A part of Hussein’s concern lies within the political difficulties nonetheless gripping the nation: Elections held in October 2021 resulted within the want for a coalition authorities. Iraq nonetheless has not shaped a authorities and elected a major minister in that point. 

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The state of affairs grew extra extreme in August when cleric Moqtada al-Sadr introduced his resignation from politics following the extended impasse in authorities. His announcement sparked a protest that led to his supporters storming the federal government palace. 

Hussein stated that al-Sadr is a “respectable chief” who has “good help in Iraqi society.”  

“He has obtained his personal insurance policies on place. In order that has to do with him. However he deserves a number of respect from exterior,” Hussein stated.

“We’re all dedicated to a democratic course of,” Hussein insisted. “It’s a couple of yr in the past really we had our election, and it’s unlucky that the political events, due to the battle amongst them, they could not attain an settlement to kind a brand new authorities.”

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“Nevertheless, I’d say the current negotiations or dialogues among the many political events give us the chance to have a brand new authorities,” he added. “I have no idea when, however I see the method of the negotiation among the many political events goes effectively, and there’s an choice to have the session of the Parliament in close to future.” 

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