They are defending the most vicious and most barbaric terrorists. They are helping them, whether in Syria or in Iraq. And this help is given to them directly or indirectly.
~Ayatollah Khamenei, November 25, 2015
A glance, at the situation in Southwest Asian countries, from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, to Palestine and the Persian Gulf countries, as well as countries in North Africa including; Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan and a few more countries, will shed light on many realities.
Civil wars, blind religious fanaticism, political instability, the spread of barbaric terrorism, the emergence of extremist groups and movements that cut at chests and chew the hearts of humans – the way barbarian tribes in history would do – armed individuals who kill children and women, behead men and rape women, in some cases they even commit all these despicable, shameful crimes in the name and under the flag of religion; these are all the products of the satanic and arrogant plots, committed by foreign security service and agents of their allied governments in the region. Additionally, they happen on the domestic prone fields of each of these countries, bringing about days of tragedy to these nations. Undoubtedly, under such conditions, it cannot be expected that Muslim countries compensate for their financial and spiritual shortcomings; achieving security, welfare, scientific growth and international dignity, which are gained as a result of awakening and self-identification. The grieving situation can abort the Islamic awakening and halt the spiritual preparations, created in the Muslim world; once again, pushing Muslim nations into recessions, isolation and decline for years; hence, making them forget about their main issues, like that of saving Palestine, and saving Muslim nations from U.S and Zionist encroachment.
~Ayatollah Khamenei, October 14, 2013
The corrupt hands of U.S., NATO and Zionism, with the help of their agents in the region, created the Syrian crisis; they created it, in order to make the nations forget about the main issues of their own countries, and the dangers that await them; therefore, they divert their attention to the bloody event they have, deliberately, created. The civil war in Syria and the murder of Muslim youth by their peers are transgressions created by the U.S. and Zionist, including the states that obey them and fuel the conflict.
~Ayatollah Khamenei, October 25, 2012