Russia Today — June 22, 2017
Tehran has proof the US directly supports ISIS and Washington is behind most of the terrorist acts in the world, Iranian military chief claims
Kelly McClaughlin — Mail Online June 12, 2017
A top Iran official has accused the United States of supporting the Islamic State terrorist group and effectively forming an alliance with the terrorist group, saying he has documents to prove the allegations.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mostafa Izadi accused the United States of supporting ISIS, saying Tehran has proof to back the claims.
‘We possess documents and information showing the direct supports by the US imperialism for this highly disgusting stream [IS] in the region which has destroyed the Islamic countries and created a wave of massacres and clashes,’ Fars News agency quoted Izadi as saying.
Izadi has not yet, however, presented the alleged documents that would prove his claims.
The Iranian official said that the alleged American support for ISIS is an instrument of ‘proxy warfare in the region’ and a ‘new trick by the arrogant powers against the Islamic Republic’.
Izadi’s claims echoed a statement made by Iran’s Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday.
‘The United States has aligned itself with the ISIL in the region,’ Larijani said
He made the comments as he addressed a funeral service for victims of Wednesday’s terror attacks on the Iranian parliament and the shrine of late Imam Khomeini in Tehran.
Seventeen people were killed in the attack, which saw four armed assailants storm the national parliament building and a suicide bomber blow himself up at the shrine. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Larijani also called regional rival Saudi Arabia ‘a tribal state very far from anything like a democracy’ during his comments at the funeral service, and denounced US sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme
The US ‘knows that the Revolutionary Guard and its Quds force are the most important regional forces fighting terrorists’, Larijani said.
The imposition of such sanctions ‘demonstrates their alignment with terrorists in the region’, said the speaker, a moderate conservative.