Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Iranian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi claimed Wednesday that Israel created and supports the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“ISIS is Israel’s cover up for distancing the revolutionary forces from Israeli borders and creating a margin of security for the Zionists, and the Zionist media have also admitted this fact,” he said, Fars News Agency reported.
ISIS recently took areas in northern Iraq.
“The only way for the Iraqi people to overcome this problem is unity, resistance, and suppression of these modern-day ignorance fighters,” added Firouzabadi.
Meanwhile, the commander of Iran’s Basij force, Brig.-Gen.
Mohammed Reza Naqdi, said on Wednesday that recent attacks by ISIS are part of a new US plot.
“The scene they have created in Iraq is the result of the United States’ behind-the-scene attempts to sow discord and they are certainly the main mastermind of these events,” said Naqdi, Fars reported.
Naqdi attributed this to the US and its allies’ desire for Iraq’s oil.
“These Takfiri [fundamentalist streams] that introduce Shi’ites as infidels,” issue decrees for killing them, and “massacre innocent people under the pretext of [obeying] Islam… say nothing but lies,” he said.
These groups commit crimes to support the arrogant world powers, he added.