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November 20, 2014 1:20 am

Ayatollah Claims IS Created to Spread ‘Islamophobia’

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ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

During a speech on Monday at Tehran’s Imam Ali Military Academy, Iran’s Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei charged that the enemies of Islam created the Islamic State to spread “Islamophobia.”

The West sets up armed extremist groups such as the Islamic State and trains them to commit mass murder to discredit Islam, Khamanei said.

The “arrogant powers of the world” feel threatened by the message of what he called “authentic Islam” and want to frighten people about the religion’s message.

“By creating armed groups in the name of Islam and [the] Islamic State, and massacr[ing] innocent people, the enemies of Islam plan to create Islamophobia, but the message of authentic Islam for humanity is peace, dignity, security, and safe life, and that is why the enemies do not want the world to hear this message,” Khamenei said.

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Khamenei also claimed that “global tyrants” fear Islam’s power and are doing everything they can to spread “Islamophobia.”

Last month, the Ayatollah blamed United States, the “wicked government of Britain,” and Zionism for creating the Islamic State. This was done to stir divisions between Sunnis and Shias.

“A careful and analytic look at the developments reveals that the U.S. and its allies, in efforts that are falsely termed countering Daesh [the Islamic State], seek to create division and enmity among the Muslims rather to destroy the root causes of that (terrorist) current,” Khamenei said in an October 13 speech marking the Shiite holy day of Eid al-Ghadeer.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps has been actively involved in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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  • shloime

    he’s right, actually, in a crazy, demagogic, backwards sort of way – isis is very convenient for the west, and for barack hussein obama in particular. it allows obama to explain away the inexplicable, that american forces are providing air cover for iranians in iraq, while at the same time directing attacks against iranians in syria, just next door. and even more puzzling, america is supporting al qaeda-affiliated groups in the syrian civil war, just 13 years after 9/11. without isis, he wouldn’t be able to play “good arab, bad arab”.

    i guess even congenital liars like khamenei tell the truth sometimes, even if it’s by accident.

  • Lauren Goldman

    “The message of authentic Islam for humanity is peace, dignity, security, and safe life.”

    Unless you are a woman, gay, follow an unapproved practice of islam, disagree with the government, etc. Sharia law is backed by the sword, so I wouldn’t be in a hurry to use this quote overmuch.

    This is what happens when the Ayatollah gets off his meds; he goes straight to crazy town.