Iraqi President’s New Year message: No peace without eliminating IS

On Thursday, President of Iraq, Fuad Masum delivered a speech stressing that the world cannot achieve peace without eliminating the Islamic State terrorists and their affiliates.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (K24) – On Thursday, President of Iraq, Fuad Masum delivered a speech stressing that the world cannot achieve peace without eliminating the Islamic State terrorists and their affiliates.

In a New Year’s message broadcast on TV, President Masum addressed the Iraqi people and the international community confirming that Iraq’s struggle against terrorism is not only for Iraqi  security and peace, but rather for the whole world in general.

“The killing and destruction we faced in Iraq and the region over the past year, and the years before in the struggle against the forces of extremism, hatred, and darkness indicate our emphasis for a peaceful and stable life for all peoples,” Masum said.

Masum added that the victories of the Iraqi army and other Iraqi forces  against terrorism are the greatest fruits of Iraq’s sacrifices. “We are fighting for our national unity, coexistence, and values of justice and fraternity. I extend my warmest congratulations to the brave fighters in Anbar and all other areas in Iraq.”

“We are fighting for the whole world, and we hope to receive the support of the international community through logistic or air support, or rather by combating the financing of IS,” Masum added. The president also said, “[There can be] no peace for the world without achieving peace in Iraq and the region, no world peace without the outright elimination of IS.”

The president further stated that achieving world peace is the responsibility of all countries, not just the responsibility of Iraq. “Let us all work together for peace, and let the new year be the year of peace for Iraq and all people of the world,” He said.  

Masum concluded his message with gratefulness to member countries allied with the US-led anti-IS coalition for their support to Iraqi forces.