Christian Iraqi militia leader Ryan Chaldean has lauded Iran for its active role in fighting ISIS terrorists, saying “if not for Iran, ISIS would be in Baghdad Najaf, Karbala, and Erbil by now.”

In an interview with the Iraqi Baghdad TV days ago, Ryan Chaldean, Commander of the Christian Iraqi Babylon Brigades, said that Saudi Arabia exported terrorism via its “takfiri mosques,” and that it was “the cause of Iraq's destruction.”

The remarks come as the Iraqi army, backed by popular forces, is fighting ISIS in Mosul and other areas in the country.

Mosul has been under ISIS control since the terrorist group emerged with its campaign of death and destruction in the Arab country in 2014.

Back in October, Iraqi army forces and allied fighters launched an extensive offensive to retake Mosul, ISIS’s last major stronghold in the country.

Iraqi forces managed to take control of eastern Mosul in January and launched the battle in the west last month.

Last week, Iraqi intelligence sources said that most of the ISIS terrorists who are fighting in Iraq are Saudi nationals.

“The Saudi presence in Daesh is very large. What we have left are mainly Iraqis and Saudis,” Fox News quoted a top Iraqi counterterrorism intelligence officer as saying Wednesday.