Ayatollah Khamenei's Opinions on Counter-Terrorism

Who created ISIS?

May 16, 2015

Today, the Americans claim that they want to fight against terrorism. This is while they themselves have created the most dangerous terrorist groups which are very large in number. Who created ISIS? They themselves acknowledge that they have played the main role in creating ISIS. Who pitted other small and large groups like ISIS against Iraq, Syria and other areas? Where do the bullets, weapons and dollars that exist in the pockets of these criminal assassins come from? Where does such money come from? Who are the people that support these numerous and dangerous terrorist groups at America's command? Is there any doubt that the hand of arrogance has played the largest part in creating terrorism and in strengthening, helping and supporting terrorists in the region?

A large number of ISIS's suicide attacks are carried out by European youth

Jul 11, 2015

Depression means the effort of a European youth to become a member of ISIS. The reports that we have received show that a large number of ISIS's suicide attacks are carried out by European youth. Such youth want to commit suicide. They think that this kind of suicide is exciting and that it is better than drowning oneself in such and such a river in Europe. This is why they go there and seek excitement as a result of their depression.

U.S. created and supported ISIS

May 16, 2015

We have cooperated with those people who fought against terrorism in our country and in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. We helped them and we will continue to do that. We are opposed to terrorism… It is America that created ISIS. You supported those terrorists in Syria who kill people, burn individuals alive, tear open a dead man's chest and pull out and sink their teeth into hearts. It was you who supported such terrorists. It was you who encouraged them. Your drones destroyed the people's houses in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They turned people's wedding ceremonies into funerals - this was done in Iraq. It is you who are doing such things. Terrorism belongs to you. It is you who are terrorists. This is while you say that Iran supports terrorism. Terrorism is your job. We are opposed to terrorism and we fight against every terrorist.

The takfiri orientations receive support and money from them

Nov 25, 2014

Everyone in the world of Islam should know what the role of America's policies in this regard is. Everyone should know what the role of the intelligence services of America, England and the Zionist regime on this matter is. Everyone should know that they are working for them, that the plot has been hatched by arrogance and that these takfiri orientations receive support and money from them. They receive money by the regional puppet regimes. It is these puppet regimes which give them money, but the plot is hatched by arrogance and as a result, they ruin these poor takfiri youth. They create such a problem for the world of Islam. This is another necessary task that should be carried out.

Takfiri movement is at the service of arrogance

Nov 25, 2014

Take a look at the condition of today's Libya, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and see against whom the forces and swords of Muslims are being used. These forces should have been used against the Zionist regime. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this fighting to our homes, our cities and our Islamic countries. They cause explosions inside the Jameh Mosque of Damascus. They kill people by causing explosions in Baghdad while they are holding their ordinary rallies. In Pakistan, they fire a volley of bullets on hundreds of people. As you can witness today, they are creating such disastrous conditions in Libya. All of these are among the unforgettable and historical crimes of the takfiri orientation. It is this orientation that has brought about this situation. This movement is at the service of arrogance. It is at the service of America and England. What they do is at the service of the intelligence services of America and England. It is at the service of Mossad and other such intelligence services.

The takfiri orientation damaged the reputation of Islam

Nov 25, 2014

The takfiri orientation damaged the reputation of Islam in the world and it painted an ugly picture of it. Everyone in the world saw on TV that someone is made to sit on the ground and they behead them with a sword without charging him with any crime: "Allah forbids you not - with regard to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes - from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you - with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support others in driving you out - from turning to them for friendship and protection. And whoever makes friends with them, these are the unjust" [The Holy Quran, 60: 8-9]. These people did the exact opposite of this. They killed Muslims and innocent non-Muslims and the pictures were broadcast all over the world. The whole world saw this. These acts were done in the name of Islam. This was the way they introduced Islam, which is known for its mercy, reason and logic and for "Allah forbids you not - with regard to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes - from dealing kindly and justly with them". Is there any crime greater than this? Is there any fitna which is more malevolent than this? This has been committed by the takfiri orientation.

US's 5-time "inadvertent" aids to ISIS!

Nov 25, 2014

We have been informed that an American transport plane dropped the ammunition that this group, known as ISIS, needed. This was done in order to help them. We said to ourselves, "Perhaps, this was a mistake". Then, we saw that they kept doing it. According to the reports that I have received, this was done five times. Do they make a mistake five times? This is while they have formed a so-called coalition against ISIS. This is a downright lie. This coalition follows other malevolent goals. They want to keep this fitna alive.

They do not intend to take serious action against ISIS

Sep 15, 2014

Earlier they formed a so-called global coalition against Syria with great fuss and uproar. They gathered 30, 40, 50 countries, but they could not do a damn thing against Syria. The same is true of Iraq. They do not intend to take serious action there either. The action that was taken against ISIS and that broke its back was not taken by the Americans. They themselves and ISIS militants too know this very well. The people of Iraq too know this very well. The Americans know that it was the people of Iraq, the Iraqi Armed Forces and the popular forces who perfectly understood how to fight against ISIS. They have fought it and they have dealt serious blows to it so far. From now on too, they will continue to deal such blows. They will see this. With this move, America wants to find an excuse to do the same thing to Iraq and Syria that it is doing to Pakistan. They enter Pakistan without any permission despite the existence of a well-established government and a strong army - the Pakistani army is a strong army - and they bomb wherever they want.

American newspapers promoted the ideas of Taliban

Sep 4, 2014

There is no doubt that these orientations have been created by these western powers and their regional agents. It is possible that they are not directly involved in some cases and that they use their agents for this purpose. Of course, they were directly involved in some cases as well. On the issue of Taliban, I do not forget that American newspapers somehow supported and promoted the ideas of Taliban. They did not do it openly and outspokenly, but in fact, their propaganda work was based on promoting Taliban during a time when it had just been formed.

They openly support terrorism, one that is very violent, wild and savage

Mar 6, 2014

As you can see in regional events, there are some individuals who tear people's liver out of their body and who begin to bite it in front of cameras. This is while European powers sit and watch. Of course, they try to be careful and they do not say that they will help such individuals. Rather, they say, "We will help this opposition force". This is the way they behave. They openly support terrorism, one that is very violent, wild and savage.

They arrange meetings with terrorists/They took MEK off their "list of terrorist organizations"

Oct 31, 2012

They were claiming that they were opposed to terrorism. Today in our region and in many other parts of the world, they enter into an alliance with terrorists. They arrange meetings with terrorists and negotiate with them. They provide terrorists with money and weapons so that they can carry on their terrorist activities. They support the Munafeqeen grouplet who have admitted to assassinating thousands of people in the country. They took this grouplet off their "list of terrorist organizations".

Human life is considered cheap in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and expensive in U.S. and Western Europe

Aug 30, 2012

Human life is considered cheap in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and expensive in America and Western Europe. The security of America and Europe is considered important, while the security of the rest of humanity is considered unimportant. Torture and assassination are permissible and completely ignored if they are carried out by America, the Zionists and their puppets. It does not trouble their conscience that they have secret prisons in various places on different continents, in which defenseless prisoners who have no legal representation and have not been tried in a court of law are treated in the most hideous and detestable way. Good and evil are defined in a completely one-sided and selective way. They impose their interests on the nations of the world in the name of “international law”. They impose their domineering and illegal demands in the name of “international community”. Using their exclusive and organized media network, they disguise their lies as the truth, their falsehood as true, and their oppression as efforts to promote justice. In contrast, they brand as lies every true statement that exposes their deceit and label every legitimate demand as roguish.

killing people, occupying Arab territories and organizing state terror

Aug 30, 2012

The Zionist regime, which has carried out assassinations and caused conflicts and crimes for decades by waging disastrous wars, killing people, occupying Arab territories and organizing state terror in the region and in the world, labels the Palestinian people as “terrorists”, the people who have stood up to fight for their rights. And the media networks which belong to Zionism and many of the Western and mercenary media repeat this great lie in violation of ethical values and journalistic commitment, and the political leaders who claim to defend human rights have closed their eyes on all these crimes and support that criminal regime shamelessly and boldly and assume the role of their advocates.

They target defenseless people in villages in the name of “combating terrorism”

Aug 30, 2012

The UN Security Council has an illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic structure and mechanism. This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed. It is through abusing this improper mechanism that America and its accomplices have managed to disguise their bullying as noble concepts and impose it on the world. They protect the interests of the West in the name of “human rights”. They interfere militarily in other countries in the name of “democracy”. They target defenseless people in villages and cities with their bombs and weapons in the name of “combating terrorism”.

The west has resorted to the tactic of simulation and replication of Islam

Feb 3, 2012

In the decades of Islamic Awakening – especially during the recent years after being defeated in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine and most lately in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries – the west has resorted to the tactic of simulation and replication. The aim is to pass off terror operations against the people as martyrdom operations, prejudice, rigidity and violence as Islamism and jihad, ethnic and tribal tendencies as a tendency towards Islam and building an Islamic Ummah, westoxication and economic and cultural dependence as independent progress, secularism as scientism, concessions as rationality, moral corruption and unscrupulous behavior as freedom, dictatorship as order and security, consumerism, materialistic tendencies and aristocracy as development and progress, and poverty and backwardness as spirituality and piety.

Islam carries the message of security, peace and health

Jul 10, 2010

Other important, great and fundamental demands of human beings are peace, security and tranquility. People need peace of mind, tranquility and a secure environment for living, nurturing talents and making practical progress. They need this in their hearts and souls, in their family environment, in society and in international environments. Tranquility, security, health and peace are among the fundamental demands of human beings. Islam carries the message of security, peace and health. When we say - according to the Holy Quran and Quranic teachings - that Islam is the religion of human nature [fitra], we mean this. The path that Islam presents to humanity is the path of human nature, one that satisfies the natural needs of human beings. God of the world entrusted be'that to the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) with such comprehensibility, precision and care. He promised humanity's happiness to him: "Surely We have sent you with the truth as a bearer of good news and as a warner" [The Holy Quran, 2: 119]. Primarily, this good news is about living a peaceful life in which justice exists. Besides, this lifestyle is based on people's natural make up. Of course, this good news is followed by another which is divine reward in the afterlife. Therefore, the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) be'that is the be'that of mercy. With this be'that, divine mercy was bestowed on God's servants and this path was opened up for people. Be'that brought justice, security and health to the fore: "There has come to you light and a clear Book from Allah. With it Allah guides him who will follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by His will" [The Holy Quran, 5: 15-16].

The world is currently full of bullying and oppression

Apr 11, 2010

The world is currently full of bullying and oppression. The global situation is bad. The world is full of ignorance. Lecherous and bullying people are dominant over the majority of the people of the world. One should be very cautious in such a situation and act in a vigilant, prudent, and courageous manner. You can see how the heads of governments behave across the world. You can see what tragedies they are causing across the world just to fulfill their greed, to support the companies they have sanctioned, and to prepare the ground for great capitalists and managers of great companies to line their pockets. Of course they are doing all of this while shouting empty and false slogans. They are warmongers, but they talk about peace and gather under the banner of peace. They have no respect for humans and human rights, but they gather under the banner of human rights. They are aggressive and aggression is among their basic policies, but they claim to be opposed to aggression. They make use of all immoral methods in their policies and actions. They use terror. They establish and employ terrorist organizations, and you can see the examples of these actions.

MEK: When terrorists are armed, funded and respected

Mar 21, 2009

They supported the terrorists who killed our men, women, and children. They supported the terrorists who killed our great religious scholars and young children. They allowed these terrorists to continue their activities from inside their country.

They gave Saddam the green light to attack Iran

Mar 21, 2009

They gave Saddam the green light to attack our country. That was another measure taken by the US to harm our nation. If Saddam had not received the green light from the US, most probably he would not have attacked our borders. An eight-year war was imposed on our country, during which about 300,000 Iranian civilians and youth were martyred. Throughout the war, especially in the last few years, Americans supported and helped Saddam. They provided him with financial support, weapons, technical information, political assistance, satellite intelligence, and media support. They used to use their satellites to record the activities of our forces at the front. Then they used to send the information to Saddam to use them against our youth and forces.

Little children in Gaza fall on the ground like autumn leaves and they do not say anything

Jan 8, 2009

Notice that today's disaster, which has been created in the region by the Zionists, is a unique disaster. One person in a corner of the world falls on the ground because of an accident and organizations in charge of human rights make a fuss about it. They claim to support human rights by telling lies and in a hypocritical, exaggerated and deceptive way. This is while little children and innocent women in Gaza fall on the ground like autumn leaves and these organizations do not say anything.

By distracting global opinion towards terrorist attacks,they swept under the carpet the Israeli crimes in Palestine

Jan 31, 2002

The Zionists took advantage of the September 11 incidents in New York and Washington, which sidelined the issue of Palestine, and escalated their crimes and brutalities against the Palestinian people with full support from the United States. The Zionist regime even barred foreign reporters from entering the occupied territories in order to prevent the disclosure of the crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers against the innocent Palestinians, especially those living in the refugee camps.