He said the current violence in Iraq was not caused by the 2003 invasion, but by Al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed efforts to destabilize the country.
"Remove Al-Qaeda, remove the malign Iranian activity, and the situation would be changed, even transformed," he said.
And he added: "There is no alternative to fighting this menace wherever it rears its head... There are no demands that are remotely negotiable. It has to be beaten. Period."