US, reactionary allies behind ISIL crimes in Iraq: Larijani

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the US and its allied authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are behind the Takfiri atrocities in Iraq.

“It is evident that the Americans have committed these acts and the countries around us which do not even have a decent parliament have become concerned about democracy in Iraq and Syria,” Larijani said at a Friday conference in Tehran.

“This shows that the issue of terrorism has become a propaganda tool for the big powers,” he added.

Larijani warned that the Takfiri groups which have targeted the Islamic world “have tarnished the image of Muslims.”

Iraqi armed forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Takfiri militants advancing on the city of Baquba, located north of the capital, Baghdad.

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group has captured two provincial capitals this week, namely Tikrit in the Salahuddin Province, and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in the northern province of Nineveh.

The Iraqi army is currently battling the terrorists on the outskirts of the city of Muqdadiyah, situated northeast of Baquba, in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala.

Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the extremist terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital. Hundreds of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to army recruitment centers to join the fight against terrorism.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on June 10 that his country was involved in a “war against terrorism,” stressing that Baghdad “will never permit Mosul and Nineveh to remain under the shadow of terror and the terrorists.”

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