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Leader: US directly involved in masterminding Gaza war; Israel ‘real loser’ forever

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (R) and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani meet in Tehran on November 6, 2023. (Photo by

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States is directly involved in masterminding the Israeli war on Gaza, stressing that the Tel Aviv regime is the real loser of the aggression against the besieged strip.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Tehran on Monday. Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi was also present at the meeting.

The Leader expressed confidence that the Americans are definitely complicit in the Israeli regime’s crimes in Gaza.

“Since the very first days of the Zionist regime’s attacks, all the evidence and indications show the direct involvement of the Americans in running the war,” he said.

As the war goes on, Ayatollah Khamenei added, the reasons behind the US's direct role in leading Israel’s crimes would become more explicit.

The Leader stated that the Israeli regime cannot continue the war if the US does not provide it with military and political aid.

Despite the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, the Israeli regime is the “main loser” of the ongoing war because it has failed to restore its lost reputation and would be unable to gain it in the future, he asserted.

Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed the “good and strong” stance of the Iraqi government in supporting the Palestinian people in Gaza and urged the Muslim world to exert political pressure on the US and Israel to end the killing of the civilians in the besieged strip.

As an important country in the region, Iraq can play a special role in this regard and form a new front in the Arab and Muslim world, he said.

According to Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran and Iraq can have an effective role in this regard by improving bilateral cooperation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader hailed the progress made in the economic and security cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad and advised both sides to continue the progress with the same pace.

The Iraqi prime minister, for his part, said Hamas' Operation Al-Aqsa Storm was a heroic operation that brought happiness to all the free people of the world.

Sudani lamented Israel’s brutal attacks in Gaza which he described as a "collective revenge" against the people of the small area.

The Iraqi government has made great political efforts to put an end to Israel’s crimes in Gaza and send food and medicine to its people, he said.

Sudani also expressed Iraq's firm determination to improve relations with Iran and implement bilateral agreements.

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