Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces explains Saudi Arabia's connection with IS
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Saudi Arabia is the founder of such terrorist organizations as the 'Islamic State' and uses its revenues from the sale of oil to finance such organizations, Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi said.
Firouzabadi said the creation of a coalition by the US and European countries against the 'Islamic State' is a purely tactical step, IRNA reported.
The 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces. Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
Firuzabadi went on to say that in reality, western countries finance the activity of the 'Islamic State' and assist this terrorist organization in obtaining weaponry.
"Having increased the oil production, Saudi Arabia assured western countries that they will have no problems with fuel," said the chief of staff. "Thereby, Saudi Arabia reduced the revenues of the countries which fight against terrorism in the region and caused $500 billion worth of damage to the region's economy."
He added that on the other hand, Saudi Arabia helped western countries experiencing financial crisis to increase their revenues by a total of $300 billion.
Edited by SI
Temkin Jafarov is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @JafarovTemkin