Deputy Commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani said ISIL has been created by the US and Israel to divide and destroy Muslim states.
The General said the US and Zionism started a new era following the year 2,000 when the Lebanese Hezbollah Movement forced them to retreat from Southern Lebanon.
He said the US misused the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center to set a pretext for several wars, but was forced to experience defeat after 3 trillion dollars of war spending and a huge death toll “that they claim to stand at 5,000”.
“But after all these fruitless attempts that only discredited them, they opened a new chapter in their struggle against Islam and worked out plans to find mercenaries from among these (Muslim) nations. Then they organized and equipped these Takfiri and extremist people who neither have healthy faith in religion nor wisdom and provided them with the needed possibilities through cooperation with their dependent states and their propaganda machine,” General Qassem Soleimani’s deputy said.
“One day they created the Al-Nusra Front and another day Daesh (ISIL) or the Free (Syrian) Army that are all fed from one place with specific tasks divided among them; some are fed by Jordan some by Saudi Arabia’s money,” he continued.
“But, no matter what they are called, they are the soldiers of the US and Zionists brought up to sow discord among Islamic countries,” General Qa’ani said.
Yesterday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also said the western powers arm terrorists in the region with various types of weapons to have them aimed at Iran.
“One of the terrorist groups in the region is in possession of $30bln worth of weapons, and we should see where these weapons have come from; they have, surely, not fallen from the sky, rather, they have been provided by the big powers and the countries which have manufactured those weapons have urged the terrorists to aim them at Iran,” Larijani said, addressing a forum in the Northern province of Mazandaran on Thursday.
He blasted the big powers’ double-standard policy on terrorism, while alleging to be pioneering war on terrorist groups.
In relevant remarks in April, Top commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said the US military planes are making regular flights to and from airports ISIL-controlled cities to supply the terrorist group with weapons, money and foodstuff.
“We have received reports that the US planes visit the ISIL(-controlled) airports,” Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi told reporters on the sidelines of military parades held in Tehran to mark the Army Day.
“The US shouldn’t supply weapons and money to ISIL and then apologizes and says that it has done a mistake. The Americans say that they want to confront the ISIL (but) we haven’t seen any practical measure but reconnaissance and surveillance operations,” he added.
Predicting that a cruel wave of terrorism will sweep Europe, the US and all mankind in the near future, Firouzabadi said all the world people, including those in the US and Europe, should try to fight against terrorism in defense of the right of living instead of providing them with weapons and huge sums of money that has made ISIL the best paid militant and armed group in the world.
“If the US is honest in its statements that it has not created the ISIL, it can fight against it easily and we hope that the US and British governments will fight against the ISIL even for the sake of their own nations,” he added.