West-educated terrorists executing Syrians, Iraqi Kids: Zarif

Iran has challenged the West to provide an explanation as to why people born and educated there are fighting in the ranks of Takfiri terrorist groups and executing Syrian and Iraqi children.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  made the remarks at a conference in Tehran Sunday to commemorate Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's letters addressed to Western youth in January and November 2015.

"Why are those who were born and educated in the West beheading children in Syria and Iraq?" he asked. "Why are these people showing so much brutality and  barbarism? What is the West's explanation for this kind of upbringing?"

Zarif also noted that the West began the project of portraying Islam and the Islamic Republic as Iranopobia, Shiaphobia and Islamophobia in the 1990s much before the emergence of the Daesh terror outfit.

Today the so-called "Islamic terrorism" is used as one of the key words of US President Donald Trump's speeches, the top Iranian diplomat said, adding that those who had created Daesh have now hid behind their own product.

Enemies trying to create new Blackwater: Velayati

Additionally, Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei, addressed Sunday's summit, accusing the West of seeking to sow discord among Muslims and revive the pre-Islam ignorance.

The US and Zionists want to continue their presence in the region and create a new Blackwater in the east, he said, referring to the notorious American military company that is now called Academi.

"The enemies want to portray Islam as a violent religion," Velayati pointed out.

The official also said the US has set up 12 military bases in Syria and is attempting to increase the number of its forces to 10,000.