Iranian Commander: ISIL created by US, Israel

FNA- Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan described Washington as the permanent enemy of his country, and said the ISIL terrorist group has been created by the US and Israel.

“The ISIL and Takfiri groups have been created and nourished by the US and the Zionist regime; therefore, the recent terrorist attacks against the holy shrine of late Imam Khomeini and the parliament were aimed at targeting the Velayat Faqih (Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist) and our religious democracy which shows the US enmity because our revolution has new words to say and they don’t want them to be heard in the world,” General Pourdastan said on Monday.

He, meantime, underscored the necessity for increasing the Iranian Armed Forces’ capabilities to confront dangers threatening the country.

His remarks came after the ISIL claimed responsibility for the last Wednesday twin terrorist attacks in Tehran.

Three male assailants fired several rounds at the guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran on Wednesday morning. The assailants opened their way into the parliament’s administrative building while shooting at the guards.

A similar attack took place at the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, parallel with the parliament attack.

17 people, including the parliament’s guards, were killed and 52 others were wounded in the twin attacks.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mostafa Izadi announced that the country is in possession of evidence and documents proving Washington’s direct support for the ISIL terrorist group.

“We are facing a proxy warfare in the region as a new trick by the arrogant powers against the Islamic Republic,” Izadi said.

“As the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) said, we possess documents and information showing the direct supports by the US imperialism for this highly disgusting stream (the ISIL) in the region which has destroyed the Islamic countries and created a wave of massacres and clashes,” he added.