Iran’s Deputy Chief of Staff Masoud Jazayeri recently claimed that the United States - encouraged by Israel - is responsible for the terrorism in the Middle East.
Jazayeri’s comments were made in a televised interview which aired on Al-Alam TV on June 29. The interview was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“Personally, I believe that terrorism is strongly connect to the U.S. administration, as part of its compliance with the demands by the Zionist Entity, in the short, medium, and long terms. Unfortunately, some European countries, and some of America's lackeys in the region, play a role in this,” claimed Jazayeri.
“All the evidence shows that the U.S. heads terrorism in the region,” he continued. “We witnessed this in Lebanon, it was very clear with regard to the Gaza Strip, as well as in Afghanistan, and now it can undoubtedly, be seen in Syria. As you know, the war of terrorism here is a proxy war waged by the U.S., and the same holds true for Iraq.”
Referring to the situation in Iraq, where jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken over several cities and are advancing on Baghdad, Jazayeri declared that Tehran was willing to assist Iraq “should the Iraqi government, or the Iraqi people, feel that the current conditions necessitate it.”
“With regard to Syria, we have already declared that we would not allow foreign intervention, and would not allow terrorists connected with foreign intelligence agencies to rule Syria or control it. We will not allow such a thing, which is contrary to the Syrian people's will, which was revealed in the elections held a few weeks ago,” he said.
“We will apply the same principle to Iraq. Countries and individuals with unbridled ambitions cannot simply show up and draw a map for the region,” stated Jazayeri.
Recent reports indicated that Iran had deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq in order to fight Islamists from the ISIS.
The Pentagon subsequently said that Iran has sent "small numbers" of operatives into Iraq, but there is no sign of a large deployment of army units.