“We are very grateful for the help we have received from the coalition forces,” he said “Their backing meant it was too much for Isil to handle.”
But he warned that, as the military campaign against Isil began to wind down, it was important that countries like Britain continued to provide political support to the Iraqi government as it undertook the painful process of rebuilding the country after more than a decade of conflict.
In particular if was important the the Shia-dominated government of Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi reconciled the leaders of the Sunni tribes, many of whom have supported Isil because they do not believe they are properly represented in Baghdad. The Iraqi government also needs to engage with the Kurds, who have played a key role in defeating Isil.
“We want to thank the UK government for their support,” said Mr Talabany. But we need them to stay engaged for the next phase as we rebuild the country.
“We will need political support as we get the Sunnis back into the government in Baghdad otherwise we will end up with a new set of extremists in the country.
“If the Sunnis are brought back into the political system then that will be the end of Isil. But if the opposite happens then we could have new Islamist groups emerging that have a similar agenda as Isil.”
Source: Daily Telegraph