Iranian Speaker Blames US, Certain Regional States for Crises in Iraq, Syria

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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani blasted the world powers for using terrorism as a tool to advance their propaganda goals, and took the US and certain regional states responsible for the crises in Iraq and Syria due to their support for Takfiri and Baathi groups.

“The Baathists and Takfiris should be blamed for the recent events in Iraq. When the events happened in Syria, many countries around Iran came to us and spoke about Syria and said if Syria shows respect for democracy, the Takfiris won’t be there anymore; now I ask if there were no democracy in Iraq that we now see the Takfiris taking the current actions,” Larijani said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Friday afternoon.

“It is obvious that the Americans and the countries which are around us have made such moves and while they don’t even have a proper parliament, they are thinking about democracy in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

Larijani underlined that these events display how terrorism has grown into an instrument for the big powers to advance their goals under this pretext.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi condemned the crimes committed by the terrorist Takfiri and Salafi groups in the region, and said these crimes are supported by the western states and certain oil-rich Arab countries.

“These (Takfiri) streams that introduce Shiites as infidels, issue decree for their killing, commit crimes and massacre innocent people under the pretext of (obeying) Islam and differences (between Shiite and Sunni Islam) in their fatwas (religious decrees) say nothing but lies,” Naqdi said in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.

He said that the Takfiri groups commit crimes in line with the ominous goals of the arrogant powers and obey the western and Israeli think tanks as they are supported by certain regional Arab countries’ petrodollars.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. According to reports, the western powers and their regional allies – specially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

Also in Iraq, the country’s forces are continuing their battle against Takfiri terrorists as militants are advancing in Iraq, taking control of parts of the Arab country.

On June 10, Iraq’s Northern Nineveh Province fell into the hands of militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Takfiri attacks have reportedly forced more than half a million people in and around Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, to flee their homes.

While militants managed to take control of two areas in Diyala Province on Thursday, Iraqi forces also regained control of the Central city of Tikrit and parts of Mosul. Takfiri militants have vowed to march toward the capital, Baghdad.

Takfiri groups are reportedly entering Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.

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