IRGC Quds commander: Washington trying to save ISIL to keep Muslims in need of US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani described ISIL as the US protégé, and cautioned that Washington is doing its best to keep the Tafiri terrorist group alive and in power in a bid to use it as a pressure leverage against the Muslim community.

“The US intends to protect the ISIL to make Muslims need the US and it has, in fact, turned it into a leverage (against the Muslims),” Major General Soleimani said, addressing the opening ceremony of the 18th meeting of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said the ISIL is a US product and protégé, reiterating that the terrorist group has been created by Washington.

Major General Soleimani, meantime, pointed to Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement, and said, “Ansarullah is a popular movement and current that is supported and accompanied by a large population of the Yemeni people, and although this war (on Yemen) has been even harsher and more powerful than the war on the (Afghan) Taliban, it is now for six months that Ansarullah has been resisting, while the Taliban collapsed in just two months.”

And when it saw the rise to power of the publicly supported movement, it felt deep fear and attacked the Yemeni nation, he said.

The IRGC Quds commander further briefed the Experts Assembly members about the latest conditions in the region, specially in Iraq and Syria, and said that the US strategies have failed in the region due to Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

Earlier today, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed the double-standard policies of the West, especially the US, for the spread of Takfiri terrorism in the region.

“Putting aside the double-standard policies which prevent fight against the ISIL and terrorism in the region can render help to the anti-ISIL campaign,” Zarif said, addressing a press conference in Tunisia.

The Iranian foreign minister described Iran as a pioneer in the fight against the ISIL, and said, “We do not stand on the way of those countries that are willing to take part in the anti-ISIL coalition, but such a fight needs political will.”

Zarif reiterated that it is not possible to fight the ISIL in a country and help the same terrorist group in another country, blaming the US-led coalition for practicing a double-standard policy on ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

The Iranian foreign reiterated that the problems of the Muslim and Arab worlds can be resolved through dialogue, moderation and political means, and said foreign states should stop their interference and meddling and opt for negotiation.

By Fars News Agency