TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian blasted the western countries and their regional allies for supporting the Takfiri terrorists in the region, and said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a protégé of Israel’s spy agency in the region.
“The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is a product Israel’s Mossad and it aims to tarnish the image of Islam,” Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister reiterated that certain regional and international intelligence agencies intend to destroy the region, and said, “Fake revolution in Syria was part of their plans.”
On Sunday, Amir Abdollahian said that the western countries and their regional allies use the Takfiri terrorists as a tool to promote Islamophobia in the world.
“Unfortunately, these states are playing with the security of the region and the world by using terrorism,” Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Tehran.
He pointed to the US-led anti-ISIL Coalition, and said, “The US made a mistake in forming the illegal coalition against the ISIL because the move expanded the activities of the Takfiri terrorists in the region.”
The senior Iranian diplomat reiterated that the Syrian crisis, which began in March 2011 in the Arab country, needs “a diplomatic solution”.
Amir Abdollahian also blasted the western countries for arming the so-called “moderate militants” fighting against the Syrian government, and said, “The move will deepen the crisis in the war-torn Arab state.”
He noted that Iran is open to hold talks with regional states, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt to help restore peace and security in the region.
The US-led bombing campaign against the ISIL began on August 8 in Iraq; while since late September, the US and its Arab allies have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL positions inside Syria as well, without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
The ISIL terrorists control large areas of Syria and Iraq. The group first sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land along the border between the two countries.
The militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.