TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi voiced concern over the ongoing bloodshed by extremist groups in Iraq, particularly by the ISIL, and lashed out at some western and regional countries for their dual policy towards terrorism in the region.
In a meeting with the UN Secretary General Special Envoy for Iraq Nicolay Mladenov and his accompanying delegation on Monday, the Iranian cleric said that a number of countries have dual behavior concerning the ISIL, on one hand, they condemn crimes of the group and on the other hand, are helping them.
“Of course, challenging their wrong thoughts is responsibility of Islamic Ulama and we expect media to publish whatever we say to be disseminated in the world,” Makarem Shirazi added.
Last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described the ISIL terrorist group as just a branch of the Takfiri stream which has troubled the region, and said ISIL is serving the US and Israel’s interests.
Addressing the political and religious figures participating in the ‘International Congress on Takfiri Streams in the Eyes of the Islamic Ulema’ in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei described the Takfiri stream as a problem imposed by the arrogant powers on the region in line with the US and Israel’s interests, and said the Takfiri stream should be considered as a phenomenon beyond the ISIL as the terrorist group is only a branch of the Takfiri stream.
“The Takfiri stream and the governments which support it completely move in line with the goals of the arrogant powers, meaning the US, the hegemonic European governments and the Zionist regime, and are practically at their service under an Islamic disguise,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said diverting the Islamic Awakening is one of the goals pursued by the arrogant powers by supporting the Takfiri streams, and said, “The forefront of Muslims’ struggle in the region was focused on the occupied Palestine but the Takfiri stream changed this frontline and moved it into the streets and cities of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Libya and this is one of the Takfiri stream’s crimes which cannot be forgotten.”
He underlined that another instance for showing that the Takfiri stream is serving the US, Britain and the Zionist regime is that its supporters don’t even show a minimum opposition to the Zionist regime and even collaborate with the regime in fighting the Muslims.
The Supreme Leader described destruction of the Muslim states’ infrastructures as another instance of the Takfiri stream’s services to the enemies of Islam, and said the stream also took the world attention off the 51-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, leaving the Palestinian resistance groups and people alone in their defense against the Zionists’ aggression.
He stressed that the so-called US-led anti-ISIL coalition is nothing but a lie, and said the US airdrops of military equipment and weapons for the ISIL displays much of the truth.
He also underscored the Muslim Ulema’s responsibilities in the current situation, and said they should form a scientific, logical and pervasive campaign to uproot the Takfiri stream.
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