A senior Iranian cleric says terrorist operations by Takfiri militants in Iraq are aimed at diverting public attention away from crimes committed by the Israeli regime.
“One of the main objectives of the presence of the ISIL (so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the region is to deflect public opinion from Israel’s crimes,” Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani said in a sermon to worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.
“The criminal ISIL has been created for further infiltration into the [Middle East] region,” the cleric added.
Movahhedi Kermani said arrogant powers are supporting the terrorist ISIL grouplet, adding that international bodies like the UN Security Council are expected to condemn the ISIL.
He reaffirmed that the crisis in Iraq is no sectarian strife and appreciated Iraqi religious scholars for their influential role in the Iraqi army’s victory against the Takfiri militants.
The ISIL militants in Iraq have launched a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign in the areas they have seized, killing people indiscriminately.
Refugees from towns held by Takfiris told the media that those officials or soldiers who refuse to pledge allegiance to their recently declared “caliphate” will be executed immediately.
Last week, the ISIL announced that it was establishing what it called a caliphate on the territories under its control in Syria and Iraq.
Over one million Iraqis have fled homes over the month as the ISIL terrorists seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in the northwest areas. Tikrit was recaptured later by the Iraqi army.
According to estimates by the United Nations and official Iraqi data, more than 2,400 people were killed in June.