People leave Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016..
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Amid a wave of condemnation from the West and the Sunni Arab world following the terror attack that took place at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Tuesday night, a former Iranian official has placed blame for the horrendous explosions on Turkey.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Amir Mousavi, a former advisor to Iran's defense minister charged that Turkey's policy regarding the civil war in Syria is the reason for Istanbul attack,
"A famous Farsi phrase says: 'The one who cooked the poison ate it.' Today, Turkey swallowed the poison it cooked for someone else, and it will continue to swallow it if it continues supporting terror in Syria and in the entire world," wrote Mousavi, who now serves as the director of the Center for Strategic and International Relations in Iran.
"May Allah have mercy on the souls of the innocent civilians killed, and may he hail those injured," Mousavi concluded his post.
Turkey is a major supporter of the Free Syrian Army, the largest opposition group fighting against the Syrian regime, and it has been supplying weapons and funds to the group's various factions through its border with Syria.
On Tuesday night, three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239.
The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey, part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State and struggling to contain spillover from neighboring Syria's war.
President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against terrorism, which he said had "no regard for faith or values".