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article imageOp-Ed: Russia to join fight against ISIS

By Robert Weller     Sep 26, 2014 in World
New York - Russia has decided to join the fight against terrorist ISIS in Iraq. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Iraqi officials and announced the offer.
Russian security officials say some of their citizens are fighting alongside ISIS and are threats to the nation.
ITAR-TASS confirmed the report.
The decision comes as no surprise because ISIS members have threatened to topple Russian President Valdimir Putin’s government, and overthrow the regime of his pal in Chechnya.
Russia has opposed U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria, whose president it supports. But Moscow allowed the Security Council to pass a binding resolution requiring all member nations to prevent their nationals from aiding and abetting the terrorists, who have killed thousands as well as murdering several Westerners.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country could support raids on ISIS as long as they were requested by the Iraqi government.
Lavrov met with Iraq’s foreign minister, Haider al-Abadi on Friday in New York at the U.N.
“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the Iraqi ministry said. “Moscow is ready to continue supporting Iraq in its efforts in fighting the terrorist threat, and, first of all, the one from the Islamic State.”
“Haider al-Abadi thanked for the principal solidarity position of the Russian Federation with Iraq and its people and stressed Bagdad was aimed at further development of cooperation with Russia in various spheres,” the diplomatic authority said.
Earlier in the day the British Parliament voted to authorize airstrikes on ISIS camps in Iraq. France had already begun airstrikes and several Arab nations are also bombing ISIS.
There was no immediate comment in the main Russian media, other than the official news agency. Later, RIA Novosti confirmed the report.
Although it is widely believed, including in Russia, that the invasion launched by former President George W. Bush led to the latest violence, videos of decapitation on television and social media have awakened the world.
How Russia will be able to help in Iraq without threatening the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was not clear.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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