Iranian officials have shown concern over the recent victories of insurgents in Northern Iraq. As the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), in coordination with former Baathists, take control over more territory in Nineveh province, Iranian officials have expressed their readiness to help Iraq combat terrorism. Right-wing media outlets and officials have placed the blame directly on Western and Arab countries for supporting ISIS and other extremist groups.
Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said that terrorism in “various countries is the result of American and Western military interference.” He said that Iran’s forces, particularly the Revolutionary Guard, have acquired such capabilities that “There is no concern of a threat from arrogant powers.”