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Muslims targeted by US, UK, Israeli terrorism: Leader

Ayatollah Khamenei leads Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran, July 6, 2016. (Photo by IRNA)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says recent bombings in Muslim countries are the fruit of terrorism which US, UK and Israeli intel agencies have nurtured in order to consign Palestine into oblivion. 

“In Baghdad, several hundred families saw the loss of their loved ones at the hands of criminals and terrorists and those who want to promote a fabricated and fake Islam among people at the order of their masters.

“Also in Istanbul, in Bangladesh and elsewhere in some other countries, people fasting during the month of Ramadan came under terrorist attacks.

“This is the result of terrorism nurtured by security services of America, the Zionist regime and England,” the Leader said during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran Wednesday.

The Leader was referring to car bombings which took the lives of at least 250 people in Baghdad Sunday. It came after at least 45 people were killed in terrorist attacks at Istanbul airport.

In Bangladesh, terrorists attacked a restaurant in the capital Dhaka, killing at least 20 people. Daesh terrorists are said to have carried out all the three attacks.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Muslim countries are the target of a scheme to turn certain political differences into civil wars.

“The enemies are trying to consign the Palestinian issue into oblivion. They want to have the Islamic world preoccupied with internal problems so that the Palestinian issue is forgotten and the Zionist regime is given a chance to pursue its wicked goals.”

Ayatollah Khamenei predicted that the wave of terrorism wreaking havoc in Muslim countries would backfire on its masterminds. 

"They will be harmed by the things they have created in the Islamic world just as they are gradually seeing the fallout. But this is their sin and their crime which will not be forgotten," the Leader said.   

The Leader later met with a group of state officials, ordinary people and Muslim ambassadors, calling the US and other "arrogant powers" as the main source of insecurity and terrorism in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Khamenei described superficial denunciations of terrorism by certain powers and their coalition against terrorists as false, in an apparent reference to a US-led campaign of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

“Contrary to their apparent claims, these powers support and promote terrorism in practice.” 

In Syria, they “turned a political conflict into a fratricide and then through financial and military support and illegitimate oil revenues, they brought individuals from various parts to Syria and Iraq and created this regional insecurity and suffering,” the Leader said.

The main aim of the global arrogance, foremost the US, in wreaking tragedies in the region is to relegate the Palestinian issue to neglect, Ayatollah Khamenei repeated.

The Leader called Palestine as the “core issue of the world of Islam,” saying no Muslim or non-Muslim country with a conscience should ever forget the Palestinian issue.

“The Zionist regime will definitely get slapped for the pressures which it metes out to the besieged and oppressed Palestinian nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

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