Iran’s top security official has denounced plots hatched by the US and its regional partners for the Middle Eastern countries, saying the new “scenario” for Iraq will fail like that of the Daesh terror group.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Thursday that Washington and its allies have been taking advantage of rightful economic and social demands by anti-government protesters in Iraq and Lebanon in a bid to create insecurity and instability in both countries.
“Based on a deep understanding of the people and the unparalleled role of the religious leadership in Iraq, the scenario by the US and its regional puppets will fail like the Daesh sedition,” he said.
The comments come as Iraq is grappling with anti-government protests in several cities.
The rallies have, however, turned violent on several occasions, with so-called demonstrators vandalizing public property and opening fire on protesters during the mayhem.
While recognizing people’s right to peaceful rallies, the Iraqi officials have warned against violence and attempts by outsiders to take advantage of the chaotic situation.
The turmoil comes nearly two years after Iraq declared victory over the Daesh terror group.
Daesh had unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.
Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters launched operations to eliminate the terror outfit and ultimately managed to liberate their entire homeland from the Takfiri group in 2017.
‘People, religious leadership will counter enemy plots’
In another development on Thursday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned that the enemies have been exploiting the Iraqi and Lebanese people’s legitimate rights to bring mercenary governments to power, adding, however, that the religious leadership and the people of both countries will counter such conspiracies.
The Iraqi and Lebanese governments should resolve their people’s problems, whether there are protests or not, he said, noting, “No one has the right to meddle in these countries'” affairs.
Similar to Iraq, Lebanon has also witnessed mass anti-government demonstrations, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri late last month.