US onslaughts result in rise of terrorists: Larijani

Iranian parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the military campaigns carried out by the US across the globe have led to the creation of terrorist groups in the invaded countries.

“Experience drawn from the spread of terrorism in Afghanistan shows that any time the US marches into a country, terrorist groups will sprout there,” Larijani said in a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Usama al-Nujayfi in Baghdad on Wednesday.

He also held some countries responsible for the rise in terrorism across the Middle East through supply of munitions to terrorists, emphasizing that advocates of terrorist groups have certainly committed a folly.

The top Iranian lawmaker further noted that opposition to the political landscape in Syria does not offer an excuse to launch a military incursion into the crisis-torn Arab country and sponsor terrorism.

Larijani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not believe in the US-led military coalition against ISIL Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and Iraq.

“Terrorism has created rifts among Muslims, and such tensions will waste away the energy of regional countries, and this will eventually benefit the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel]. The question that now comes to mind is: What drove America to form such an alliance?” he said.

The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

Since late September, the US and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

Washington has been also carrying out similar air raids against ISIL positions in Iraq since August. However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the ISIL.

Nujayfi, for his part, stated that Baghdad needs Tehran’s support for the fight against the ISIL terrorists, adding that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seeking to ensure political consensus among various factions in Iraq.