Addressing a host of Iranian officials and ambassadors of Islamic countries on Saturday, the Leader said the US and French presidents as well as the British prime minister are criminals and will not benefit from the military strikes on Syria.\r\n\r\nAyatollah Khamenei said they had earlier committed similar crimes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, but did not benefit from their actions, either.\r\n\r\nAyatollah Khamenei said US President Donald Trump\u2019s claim that his country attacked Syria to fight chemical weapons is a lie.\r\n\r\nHe said thousands of people in Iran and Iraq were killed or harmed in gas attacks by the former Iraqi regime, but the US and its allies did not turn a hair.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey are not against chemical weapons, but get involved to achieve their dictatorial interests,\u201d said the Leader.\r\n\r\nHe said dictators will never emerge victorious and will definitely be defeated.\r\n\r\nAyatollah Khamenei further noted that the United States lies when it says it has defeated the ISIS terror group.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe people who overtly and covertly supported ISIS yesterday, are claiming today that they contributed to the fight against them (terrorists) and defeated them! This is a lie, and it\u2019s not true. They (the US) were not involved [in the fight against ISIS] whatsoever,\u201d said the Leader.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn the speech that the US president made a few hours ago, he said the US managed to defeat ISIS in Syria; [it\u2019s] a blatant and downright lie!\u201d Ayatollah Khamenei said.\r\n\r\nHe said the US even helped save ISIS elements when they were at the mercy of Syrian army and popular forces.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhenever they (US authorities) deem it necessary, they intervene and help. When the key elements of ISIS were under siege, they (the Americans) stepped in and saved them,\u201d the Leader stressed.\r\n\r\nHe said it was the US itself that created the ISIS terrorist group.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey managed to create the wicked creatures with Saudi money and the like, and to unleash them on Iraqi and Syrian nations; however, resistance against the US and its cronies saved the two countries, and it will be like that from now on, as well,\u201d Ayatollah Khamenei said.\r\n\r\nThe Leader then said Washington is spending huge sums of money in the Middle East, but to no avail.\r\n\r\n\u201cJust a few days ago, the US president said that we (Washington) spent $7 trillion in the West Asia region, or as he puts it, \u2018The Middle East,\u2019 and we got nothing; he is right, they didn\u2019t get anything, and from now on, no matter how much the US spends, it will not get anything in the region,\u201d Ayatollah Khamenei said.\r\n\r\nElsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei rejected the accusation of expansionism against Iran.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe claim that the Islamic Republic of Iran is seeking expansionism is nonsense, pointless and untrue. We have no intention of expansionism, and we do not need to do so, after all,\u201d said the leader.\r\n\r\nAyatollah Khamenei said monotheism means standing up to the bullying of oppressors to defend the oppressed, and that is why Iran is standing by resistance groups in West Asia.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur presence in Syria against US-backed terrorists is for the same reason,\u201d said the Leader.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were present in the West Asia region because there was resistance against oppression,\u201d said the Leader.\r\n\r\nHe underlined that Syrian troops managed to win over Western-backed terrorists bravely and with God\u2019s grace.\r\n\r\nHe said the enemy is not only targeting Syria or Iraq, but aims to deal a blow to the entire Muslims community.\r\n\r\nHe urged Islamic states not to serve the interests of the US and some other Western countries involved in aggression against other countries.