Iranian Presidential Adviser Calls Anti-ISIL Coalition “A Joke”
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian presidential adviser cast doubts over the sincerity of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), saying that members of the coalition had a role in the creation of the terrorist group.
“The coalition is nothing but a joke and those who want to stand up against the group (ISIL) along with the coalition, played a role in the emergence of the group,” Ali Younesi, presidential adviser on ethnic groups and minorities affairs, said on Saturday night.
He made the remarks in a mourning ceremony held to commemorate the martyrdom of Shiite Muslims’ third Imam, Hussein Ibn Ali (PBUH), and his companions in the Battle of Karbala in the year 680 A.D.
Younesi also commented on the death and destruction brought to the region by the ISIL terrorists, saying that if the group had taken power, they would have destroyed all things related to the Ahl ul-Bayt (family of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)).
The ISIL is a militant group in Iraq and Syria believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries. The terrorist group claims as an independent state the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant, including Lebanon, occupied Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, and Southern Turkey.