Iran Will Not Rest Until the Defeat of Terrorism

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will not give up the fight against terrorism until terrorists and their ideology are defeated.

“We should not and will not rest until those behind terror in Istanbul, Dhaka, and now Baghdad, and their ideology are defeated,” Zarif said.

At least 167 people lost their lives and 185 others sustained injuries in twin attacks in the busy commercial areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, early on Sunday, July 4 2016.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it said were aimed at Shia neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital.

Separately, on July 1, a group of Daesh-affiliated armed men attacked a restaurant in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, setting off explosives and taking a number of people hostage.

Police finally raided the restaurant to end the siege. The Bangladeshi army announced the next day that 20 civilians, all of them foreigners, had lost their lives. The six gunmen in the attack were also killed.

On June 28, a series of deadly explosions and a shooting attack occurred at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport, leaving 45 people, including 19 foreign nationals, dead and nearly 240 others injured.

Regarding terrorist bomb blasts in Saudi Arabia, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said, “There are no red lines left which the terrorists have not passed.” 

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also said the final victory over Takfiri terrorists and their complete elimination is imminent.

Larijani condemned the recent terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which killed over two hundred innocent people, and offered his deep condolences over the tragic incident.

“Undoubtedly, this terrorist measure shows the desperation and helplessness of terrorists and their allies as a result of the big victory achieved by the Iraqi government and nation in a decisive battle for the city of Fallujah,” Larijani said.

He reiterated that Iran would stand by the Iraqi government and nation “until the complete defeat of terrorists” and expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to give every kind of support to Iraq with the purpose of establishing and stabilizing lasting peace and security in the country.

While offering condolences over the recent terror attacks in Saudi Arabia, Iran’s parliament speaker warned against the tactical manipulation of such incidents.

“We have on multiple occasions warned the countries in the region that the tactical use of terrorism is a strategic mistake,” said Ali Larijani.

He further stressed that such policies will only create other problems in the region in the future.

Larijnai also expressed regret that the terrorist attacks were carried out next to the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

Condemning the attacks, he noted that much more attention must be paid to terrorist activities in the region.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry also said Iran will support Iraq in its fight against terrorists until their final defeat.

“All peace-loving countries in the world must make efforts to decrease such inhuman crimes by exerting pressure on the supporters of these extremist groups,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has also condemned a series of terrorist bomb attacks in the Saudi Arabian cities of Medina, Qatif, and Jeddah.

“Terrorism knows no borders or nationalities and has no solution but the creation of international and regional consensus and solidarity against it,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi.

Reiterating that Iran condemns all manners of terrorism, he noted that all countries must unite against the sources and reasons behind terrorisms.  

Earlier in the day, four security guards were killed when a terrorist detonated his explosives near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia's western city of Medina.

"Security forces suspected a man who was heading towards al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) as he passed through a visitors parking lot," said a statement released by the Saudi interior ministry. "As they tried to stop him, he blew himself up with an explosive belt causing his death, and the death of four security personnel.”

The blast happened immediately after two bomb blasts near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Qatif. Earlier in the day, a bomb went off close to the United States consulate in the city of Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia.   

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said 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.

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 called 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.

*Photo Credit: Press TV, Tehran Times

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