Iran Daily, Sept 28: Tehran Renews Attacks on US — “Supporters of Terrorists” — Over Iraq & Syria

Within hours of President Rouhani’s return from five days in New York and the UN, Iran’s regime renewed its attacks on US intervention in Iraq and Syria.

The senior military advisor to the Supreme Leader, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, led the rhetorical assault with the claim that the US-led coalition against the Islamic State is “politically-tainted and is aimed at securing Washington’s own interests in the Middle East”.

Rahim Safavi asserted that the US’s real aim is to expand its military bases in the region and to make more money from weapons sales. He said that as “supporters of terrorists”, the US was not eligible to assemble an anti-terror coalition.

Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami, said later on Saturday, “This coalition is a propaganda job and I doubt its seriousness….This coalition is an ineffective measure.”

He claimed that the West had equipped the same Islamic State which it was now confronting.

Iran has stepped up attacks on the US since the American aerial intervention in Iraq on August 8. The line eased while Rouhani was at the UN — although the President criticized US-led airstrikes in Syria — however, officials such as Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani have maintained the hostile rhetoric.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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