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Iran strongly opposes US intervention in Iraq

Published on Jun 22, 2014 10:22 PM
 
Iraqis living in Iran hold posters bearing portraits of Shi'ite Muslim spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (left) and the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) during a demonstration in southern Teheran on June 20, 2014. Iran's top leader Khamenei rejected possible intervention in Iraq by the United States or any other outside power, accusing Washington on Sunday, June 22, 2014 of trying to manipulate Iraqi sectarian differences to retake control of the country it once occupied. -- PHOTO: AFP 

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's top leader rejected possible intervention in Iraq by the United States or any other outside power, accusing Washington on Sunday of trying to manipulate Iraqi sectarian differences to retake control of the country it once occupied.

In remarks published by the official IRNA news agency, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei added that Iraqis themselves could end violence in their country, where Iran has steadily built up its own influence over the past decade.

"American authorities are trying to portray this as a sectarian war, but what is happening in Iraq is not a war between Shi'ite and Sunnis," said Mr Khamenei, who has the last word in all matters in Shi'te Muslim Iran.

"It is indeed the same old hegemonic order using leftovers of the Saddam (Hussein) regime as its key pieces, and the Takfiri dogmatic elements as foot soldiers," he told judiciary officials, using a term referring to Sunni Islamist militants.

 
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