The commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi lashed out at the US and Israel for sponsoring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
He said the US created, equipped and armed the ISIL terrorist group with the help of Britain, Israel and oil-rich countries.
Western countries ordered ISIL to carry out “crimes and large-scale massacre of Shiites and Sunnis on the pretext of a sectarian Sunni war on Shiites” General Naqdi said, addressing a gathering of thousands of Basijis in Lorestan province.
He noted that Western countries wanted to introduce a tainted image of Islam to the world by displaying horrible crimes and savage wickedness against children, women and innocent people with extreme brutality and savagery.
General Naqdi said every now and then the Western powers attack the terrorists to pretend that they are fighting terrorism while American, British and Israeli military advisors are supporting them in the battlefield.
“The outcome of the actions of this terrorist current in Syria was unprecedented as it caused people’s high turnout in that country’s presidential election, which set as yet another example of the inefficiency of weapons and the victory of the resistance movement against the global arrogance,” he added.
Also, in similar remarks in August General Naqdi held the US and certain European states responsible for providing logistics for the terrorist ISIL to find an alibi to boost its buildup in the region.
“American’s intangible presence in the region has been a major cause for the creation of the terrorist ISIL group,” Naqdi said, addressing people in a city near Tehran last month.
He also condemned the US Congress for approving an aid budget for the ISIL, and said, “The European countries, including France, arm the ISIL and the US and the West’s attempts are not aimed at any goal but getting closer to Iran” borders.
On Monday, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri warned of the malicious spread of Islamophobia.
“The world public opinion is aware that the phenomena such as the al-Nusrah Front, the ISIL, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the region, have been created by the intelligence services of the US and the White House’s allies and have a mission to defame Islam to prevent the people’s conversion to the real Islam and to spread Islamophobia and weaken the regional resistance front,” General Massoud Jazayeri said.