In a TV interview, Iraqi political analyst Samir Abeid said that the U.S. Air Force had "wreaked vengeance upon the Iraqi will, and turned Mosul into another Hiroshima" and called for the U.S. administration and the Western coalition to be held accountable. Abeid, who was speaking on Dijlah TV on July 17, further said that Iran "could be a hundred times better than America, but unfortunately, Iran treats us as if we are second-class, and as if Iraq is Iran's own backyard."
Samir Abeid: "There are people in the Iranian administration who say that this is a golden historic opportunity – given the current circumstances of Iraq – to make inroads into Iraq, turning it into their own backyard, into a consumption market for them, and into a test zone for new weapons they have manufactured. True, Iran is a neighbour, a Muslim country, with which we have ties, but Iran does not view us Iraqis the same way it views the Syrians or the Lebanese. We are second-grade, in Iran's view. It does not trust us at all. It should be noted that for me, along with millions of Iraqis, Iran could be a thousand times better than America, if it were to act reasonably, and if it were to pursue the interests of all Iraqis, Shiites and Sunnis alike. By God, it could be a hundred times better than America, but unfortunately, Iran treats us as if we are second-class, and as if Iraq is Iran's own backyard.
"The Western, American air force wreaked vengeance upon the Iraqis, and turned Mosul..."
Interviewer: "With your permission... But the battle for Mosul was fought in keeping with the will of Iraq..."
Samir Abeid: "But the [U.S.] air force wreaked vengeance upon that Iraqi will, and turned Mosul into another Hiroshima. The U.S. administration and the Western coalition should be held accountable for this.
"You cannot win a battle by destroying our cities with airplanes, and then moving ISIS from one region to another. This is a disgrace. Where is the Iraqi will?"