Iran’s Supreme Leader says US ‘relocating Daesh to Afghanistan’


BISHKEK (TCA) — The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on January 30 said that by relocating Daesh (Islamic State) militants from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, the United States is pursuing its objectives in the region, TOLOnews reported.

Reacting to the recent spate of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, Khamenei said the US is moving Daesh fighters from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan in order to justify its presence in the region.

“The very same hands that created Daesh to use it as an instrument for oppression and crime against the people of Syria and Iraq, now and after facing defeat in the regions, are seeking to relocate Daesh to Afghanistan,” the Iranian leader said, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.

He said that in recent weeks, Daesh has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

Khamenei said the US was the main factor behind insecurity in Afghanistan and that all killings which have occurred in the name of religion for the past 20 years are directly or indirectly linked to the United States.

More recently, Daesh has also taken advantage of the chaos and established a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan. The Takfiri outfit has also stepped up its terror attacks in the war-torn country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops there, Iran’s PressTV reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said the US wants to advance its political and economic agendas through destabilizing Afghanistan.

Sergey Kwan