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US pursuing divide & rule policy to control Mideast: Scholar

Iraqi popular forces escort men they detain for investigation after the liberation of a village near Dujail, north of Baghdad from ISIL terrorists on June 2, 2015. (©AFP)

Press TV has interviewed Shabbir Hassanally, an activist and Islamic scholar from London, and Lawrence Korb, former US assistant secretary of defense from Washington, to discuss the latest speech delivered by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the US plots to sow discord among Muslim nations.

Hassanally says Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated the late Imam Khomeini's warnings about attempts by the US, the UK and the West as a whole to sow discord among Muslim nations. He added that the United States is pursuing an old policy of the British empire, which was to “divide and rule.”

Pointing to the US’s reluctance to defeat the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, the scholar said Washington needs some terrorist elements in the Middle East to frighten Muslims, incite instability in the region and control its black gold (oil) market and protect the existence of the Israeli regime.

The American foreign policy in the Middle East is based on triggering sectarian strife and then stepping aside and watching people kill each other, Hassanally concludes.

For his turn, Korb said that in response to the Iraqi government’s call, the US went after the ISIL terrorists because of their horrible acts. He also believes America is not behind the creation of ISIL and instability in the region.


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