Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told reporters on Tuesday that the Iraq and Syrian conflicts are a result of a deep, long-term plot hatched by Israel and the United States, according to reports by Iran's Press TV.
“What is today happening in Syria and Iraq is a deep-seated US-Zionist conspiracy that has triggered war in Muslim territories,” said Dehqan.
According to the defense minister, Israeli is responsible for equipping the terrorists who then lead attacks on innocent Muslims.
“Zionists are supporting terrorists and equipping them," said Dehqan according to the report.
They are "pitting them against Muslims. What is important for them is to guarantee the Zionist regime’s security,” he added.
Last month, the chief Syrian government negotiator at peace talks in Geneva accused Israel of cooperating with Islamic State and al-Qaida militants in the Golan region, deflecting attention from intra-Syrian negotiations.
It is estimated that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis since 2011.