PHOTO: Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi and Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan on Tuesday
Iran’s regime has used the visit of the Iraqi Defense Minister to repeat its proclamation that the US and Israel created the Islamic State, which has captured a large part of Iraq.
The Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, asserted, “These hired terrorists are pursuing the interests of the US and Israel in the region.”
Tehran is in the midst of a high-profile campaign promoting its alliance with Baghdad, while denouncing the US intervention in support of Iraqi forces against the Islamic State. Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani has just completed a week-long tour of the region which included meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani, while Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has been received twice in Tehran in the last three weeks.
Hosting his Iraqi counterpart Khalid al-Obeidi, Dehghan drove home the message while also noting Tehran’s support of the Syrian regime: “Today Iraq and Syria are the scenes of inhuman and terrorist moves, and Iran and Iraq should naturally expand their cooperation in order to confront and remove such threats.”
Iranian media declared that Dehghan and al-Obeidi signed memoranda of understanding which reasserted “cooperation to form a national army in Iraq in a bid to help the country maintain its territorial integrity and security”.
According to the reports, al-Obeidi said, “We do not see any other option than cooperation and being on the same side to uproot the terrorists.”
On Tuesday, the Iraqi Defense Minister met Iran’s chief political official for Iraq, Secretary of the National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, who declared, “Today, the Islamic State is in a weakened state, and we will soon witness the liberation of all occupied regions once some trans-regional countries stop their covert military and financial aid to these terrorist groups.”
Regime Declares Victory Over 2009 “Sedition” By Blaming US and Britain
Marking the sixth anniversary of its “defeat” of mass protests, the Iranian regime has blamed the US and Britain for the “sedition” after the dispute 2009 Presidential election.
Addressing a conference on Tuesday, a senior adviser to Revolutionary Guards Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said the US “masterminded” the protests by hundreds of thousands of Iranians, with Britain “implementing the hostile project with its Tehran embassy as the base to coordinate the riots”.
“They miscalculated the situation and thought the sedition plot would topple the Islamic Republic,” said Hamidreza Moghaddamfar.
On December 27, 2009, protests on the religious day of Ashura pushed back security forces in Tehran. Three days later, the regime organized a large counter-demonstration.