The Leader of Islamic Ummah and
Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali
Khamenei said listening to the US claims
about its war on the Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant was much fun for him
when he was hospitalized for his recent
surgery, adding that both Washington and
the ISIL know well that the terrorist
group has been defeated by the Iraqi
people and army and not by the US.
“During the days I was at the hospital, I
had fun listening to the remarks of the US
officials on fighting Daesh (ISIL),” Leader
of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People
Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said in an
interview with Iran’s state-run TV on
Monday as he left the hospital after a
successful prostate surgery.
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei
described the US officials’ allegations
about fighting the ISIL as hollow and
biased, and said the US disappointment at
Iran’s partnership in its incorrect and
illegal coalition is an “unrivaled honor” for
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei
elaborated on some details of the US
demands for Iran’s cooperation in forming
the anti-ISIL coalition, and said, “During
the hard days of Daesh’s attacks on Iraq,
the US ambassador to Iraq demanded our
envoy in the country (Iraq) that Iran and
the US meet for negotiations and
coordination on Daesh. Our ambassador
reflected the issue to Iran and although
some officials didn’t voice opposition, I
opposed it and said we will not cooperate
with the Americans in this regard since
they have a corrupt intention and stained
hands and how could we have
cooperation with the Americans under
such conditions.”
Supreme Leader referred to US Secretary
of State John Kerry’s remarks that his
country won’t invite Iran to the anti-ISIL
coalition, and said, “The same US
secretary of state had personally
demanded (Iranian Foreign Minister) Dr.
(Mohammad Javad) Zarif, and called for
cooperation with us on Daesh but Dr.
Zarif had rejected his demand.”
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei also
revealed that “the US deputy secretary of
state (Wendy Sherman) repeated the
same demand for cooperation with Iran
against the ISIL during the talks with her
Iranian counterpart Seyed Abbas Araqchi,
and the Iranian deputy foreign minister
refused it”.
Supreme Leader underscored Iran’s firm
and explicit opposition to cooperation
with the US in fighting the ISIL, and said,
“Now they are telling a lie that they won’t
accept Iran in the coalition because Iran
had announced its opposition to its
presence in such a coalition since the very
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said
that the US and its allies had earlier
formed “a coalition of several countries
against Syria, but they couldn’t do a damn
thing”, and ensured that the same failure
will be repeated with regard to Iraq.
Reiterating that the Americans are not
serious about fighting the ISIL, Supreme
Leader said, “The Americans and even
Daesh are well aware that the move
which broke Daesh’s backbone in Iraq
was not the US action but the acts of the
popular forces and the Iraqi army who
had well learned the ways to fight Daesh
and inflicted heavy damages on the
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei
underscored that the Iraqi popular forces
and army’s blows to the ISIL will
continue, and said, “The reality is that the
Americans are seeking an excuse to do
the same actions in Iraq and Syria that
they are doing in Pakistan, where they
trespass on the country’s territory
without any permission, despite the
existence of a sovereign government and
a powerful army (in Pakistan), and bomb
different parts.”
“The Americans should know that if they
do this, the same problems that were
created on their way in the past ten years
in Iraq will be created for them again,”
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed
People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei
NATO heads of state convened in the
Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September
and US Secretary of State John Kerry and
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told
foreign and defense ministers
participating in the NATO summit that the
US was forming a broad international
coalition against ISIL.
Ministers from the United States, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany,
Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland
and Denmark met in Wales to hammer
out a strategy for battling ISIL, but the
policy was questioned by many regional
officials and political leaders.
After the so-called US-led coalition
against the ISIL declared its creation, Iran
lashed out at the western states for
pursuing a double-standard policy towards
campaign against terrorism in various
“Iran believes in a real and nonselective
fight against terrorism in the region and
the world,” Deputy Foreign Minister for
Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir
Abdollahian said on Saturday.
Amir Abdollahian stressed that the
Islamic Republic was the first country to
assist Iraq in the fight against terrorism.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister also
stated that Tehran will continue to fully
support Iraq and Syria in the battle
against terrorism.
Also, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National
Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani on
Saturday questioned the goals pursued by
the US-led anti-ISIL coalition, and said
Washington sought to violate the regional
countries’ sovereignty.
“The US attempts to create an anti-
terrorism coalition in collaboration with
certain states which are themselves the
main sponsors and suppliers of the
terrorists are suspicious and lack
transparency,” Shamkhani said, addressing
a gathering of Iranian clerics in the
Central city of Qom.
“The US seeks to continue its
unilateralism and violate the countries’
sovereignty under the pretext of fighting
terrorism,” he added.
Shamkhani underlined that Washington
was also attempting to distract the world
attention from the pivotal role that the
US and its allies had played in the
establishment, equipment and
development of the terrorist groups
under the pretext of overthrowing the
legal government in Syria.
He said the United States’ move to form
an anti-ISIL coalition was more like a
Hollywood scenario to portray the US as a
savior of the region.