IRGC Commander Qassem Soleymani, in a rare official statement, says ISIS and other “terrorist” groups in Syria are “approaching their end.”

IRNA reports that Soleymani, the head of the Qods forces, the IRGC’s extraterritorial operations, said on Thursday February 12: “In view of the heavy defeats that Daesh (ISIS) and other terrorist groups have faced in Iraq and Syria, I am certain they are approaching their end.”

ISIS forces have recently faced serious defeats from protectors of the City of Kobani on the Syrian border and the villages surrounding it and have finally retreated from the region. The battle lasted over four months.

Soleymani stated that the very existence of such groups as Daesh (ISIS) is “a tactic used by the World Arrogance to defile the face of Islam and create internal strife and war among Muslims.”