Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned U.S. foreign policy across the Middle East, accusing Washington of destabilizing the region through its intervention. Khamenei made the remarks Thursday while addressing a gathering of air force commanders in Tehran, which last month was rocked by protests that Iran suspected of being partially instigated by the U.S, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The top cleric said the U.S. had created the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), which once claimed nearly half of Iraq and Syria, and the U.S. was responsible for the death and destruction it caused. In response, he said, Iran’s primary goal was to “stand against cruelty and corruption at the international level and to discredit” the U.S. Related: What will Saudi Arabia do about Iran? The Crown Prince could not make his move “Today, the U.S. government is the cruelest and most merciless system in the world, which is even worse than the savage ISIS members,” Khamenei told the commanders on the 39th anniversary of the air force’s founding, according to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency. ISIS has its roots in Iraqi jihadi groups, especially Al-Qaeda in Iraq, that rose in the wake of the U.S. invasion and occupation of… Read full this story
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