Hashd Al-Shaabi Chief in Russia to Discuss Coordination on Fighting Terrorism

Hashd Al-Shaabi Chief in Russia to Discuss Coordination on Fighting Terrorism

   (FNA)- Head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi volunteer forces) Faleh al-Fayyaz departed Baghdad for Moscow to hold talks with senior Russian officials on cooperation between the two countries to fight the ISIL terrorist group.

Fayyaz’s visit to Russia is the first of its kind after Hashd al-Shaabi officially became a member of Iraq’s armed forces.

“Fayyaz’s talks will be focused on coordinating efforts by Iraq and Russia aimed at fighting terrorism and destroying the ISIL,” the Arabic-language media quoted an unnamed Iraqi security source as saying on Wednesday.

Iraq and Russia along with Iran and Syria have set up an intelligence sharing center in Baghdad to fight the ISIL terrorist group.

In late September, Commander of the Russian Group of Intelligence Sharing Center in Baghdad rejected some media reports that the center has ended work, and said it continues to operate.

“This center is successfully fulfilling its task of intelligence sharing with other countries which are member of the center,” General Alexander Smolovy said.

Smolovy’s remarks came in reaction to allegations by some western and Arab media which claimed that the Baghdad Intelligence Sharing Center has ended operation.

“There are of course certain powers who want this center to be closed down, but to no avail,” he said.

He, meantime, reiterated that other countries willing to join the center are welcome.

Smolovy pointed to the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons against civilians in the region, and said, “The ISIL terrorists have used this weapon several times in Iraq and Syria.

In September, it emerged that Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia had set up the intelligence sharing center in Baghdad to collect and analyze intel on ISIL and other militant groups in the Middle East. The center is run by military representatives from each country, who will each head the center on a three month rotational basis.

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