Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi (pictured) assured reporters on Friday that Iran is not interfering in Iraq’s political and military crisis.
“We have not interfered and will not interfere in Iraq,” Alavi said.
However, he said that Tehran cannot remain indifferent to the insurgent challenge to Baghdad: “We will give serious political and spiritual support to the Iraqi nation’s move to safeguard its dignity and independence.”
The Minister claimed that, despite the insurgent capture of cities such as Mosul and Tikrit, the people of Iraq are today more united and have more awareness, “The enemies of the Iraqi nation cannot destroy the unity of the Iraqi government and push Iraq toward disintegration with this turmoil.”
Iranian officials have denied reports that they have despatched units of the elite Qods Force, including its head Qassem Soleimani, and Basij militia to assist Baghdad.
Iran Adds UN to List of Villains in Iraq Crisis
The Tehran Friday Prayer added the United Nations to the list of villains in the Iraqi crisis.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said, “Two weeks after so many savageries in Iraq, the UN Security Council refuses to react and it has not even called any emergency session. Either they are scared of the United States or they are in cahoots with them (insurgents). They are lying about combating terrorism.”
Leading Iranian officials have accused foreign powers, including the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, of creating the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, a leading force in the insurgency.
Khatami added to the claim on Friday, saying ISIS is run by a Jordan-based committee comprised of the US, Israel, and “reactionary regimes in the region”.
By EA WorldView
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