Iranian Supreme Commander Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of splitting the Muslim world as more violence erupted in Syria over the weekend.
Khamenei turned to a group of workers who had gathered the day before workers in Iran and around the world gathered to celebrate May 1. The leading cleric emphasized the importance of supporting the local economy in combating US-led sanctions that allegedly undermined Iran's revolutionary Shiite-Muslim system. Khamenei said the US also attacked Iran by manipulating its top regional rival, the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"The US is calling on the Saudis to cause conflict in our region, so why are not they setting fire to the Zionists because they want Muslims to fight Muslims," Khamenei said on his official website.
"If these countries are wise, they will not interfere in a conflict against Iran, but in a war with Iran They will certainly be defeated and defeated.The Americans want the cost of confronting the Islamic Revolution system avoid, "he added.
Iran has long been in conflict with Israel over its annexation of land claimed by the Palestinian people and the country's current feud with the country US goes back to a CIA-sponsored coup that reintroduced an absolute Western-friendly monarchy in 1953. When this monarchy fell During the 1979 Islamic Revolution, US embassy officials were held hostage for more than 400 days, cementing decades of animosity interrupted by a 2015 nuclear deal under former President Barack Obama.
President Donald Trump has taken a tougher stance Iran said the Ob Amara agreement did not go far enough and accused Iran of using the deal to support its militants abroad and its own ballistic missile development to promote.
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When the US and Iran fought the militant group of the Islamic State (ISIS) over Iraq and Syria, the troops supported by Iran became increasingly influential, a development Israel and Saudi Arabia have threatened their national security. The Syrian uprising, carried out in 2011 by the West, Turkey and the Gulf States – especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar – was largely overcome by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the support of his Iranian and Russian allies. After largely defeating the Syrian rebels and jihadists, Assad's international opponents have increasingly targeted his government.
The US, France and the United Kingdom launched a series of cruise missiles earlier this month against allegedly affiliated sites with Assad's chemical weapons program denying their partners is active. Israel has also repeatedly taken positions believed to be held by Iran and its Syrian allies, and vowed to continue to do so to curb Iran's growing presence in the neighboring country.
At the latest attack, a massive Sunday explosion hit Syrian military positions in southern Hama, north of Damascus. The United Syrian Human Rights Observatory declared that Israel is behind the attack that has potentially killed a number of Iranians and Syrians. The state-run newspaper Tishreen cited local sources claiming to have fired nine missiles from a joint US and US base in northern Jordan. Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency said on Monday that a local source and a Shiite Muslim commander, excluding Fatemiyoun's Afghan division, would have killed any Iranian or Afghan personnel.
The attack coincided with Israeli threats of further attacks, flare-ups between Iran-sponsored pro-Syrian government fighters and US-backed militias in eastern Syria. During his speech on Monday, Khamenei warned that the US had no right to intervene in the region and that Iran would retaliate against those targeting its forces and allies.
"The one who has to leave is the US, not the Islamic Republic, we are from this region: The Persian Gulf is our home, West Asia is our home," Khamenei said.
"As I mentioned during another US President's term, the time of beating and escaping is over, now, if you hit, you are being repulsed, knowing that they will receive stronger counterattacks if they attack," added he added.