(JNS.org) Iranian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi on Wednesday blamed Israel for creating and supporting the jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“ISIS is Israel’s cover up for distancing the revolutionary forces from Israeli borders and creating a margin of security for the Zionists, and the Zionist media have also admitted this fact,” he said, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
ISIS recently took control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, seizing the city’s central bank and $425 million worth of cash, while also taking control of U.S.-supplied military hardware given to the Iraqi military, which fled ahead of the jihadist invasion. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that the U.S. will share limited information with Iran about the crisis in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the commander of Iran’s Basij force, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Reza Naqdi, blamed the recent ISIS surge on a U.S. plot.
“The scene they have created in Iraq is the result of the United States’ behind-the-scene attempts to sow discord and they are certainly the main mastermind of these events,” said Naqdi, Fars reported.