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AFP , Sunday 22 Jun 2014
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (Photo: AP)
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned on Sunday that Muslim states which funnel petrodollars to jihadist Sunni fighters wreaking havoc in Iraq will become their next target.

Rouhani did not name any country, but officials and media in mainly Shiite Iran have hinted that insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are being financially and militarily supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

"I advise Muslim countries that support the terrorists with their petrodollars to stop," Rouhani said in remarks reported by the website of Iran's state broadcaster.

"Tomorrow you will be targeted... by these savage terrorists. Wash your hands of killing and the killing of Muslims," he added.

ISIL militants have seized a swathe of Iraqi territory in a lightning offensive, with the Baghdad government's security forces hard-pressed to prevent the advance.

Riyadh has warned that Iran-ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is steering Iraq towards civil war through policies that exclude the country's Sunni minority.

Iran, the predominant Shiite powerhouse in the Middle East, says it will support Maliki against ISIL, which is also battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, another Tehran ally.

Rouhani called for unity between "Shiites and Sunnis who are brothers".

"For centuries, Shiites and Sunnis have lived alongside each other in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf and North Africa... in peaceful coexistence," he said.

Since ISIL began its Iraq offensive, Tehran has urged Iraqis to unite against the jihadists.

"The Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds are our friends," parliament speaker Ali Larijani said in remarks reported on the Majlis website.

"We have always insisted that all ethnic groups must have active and constructive participation in Iraq's power structure."

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luckytwo
22-06-2014 06:15pm
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Khamenei also ordered Maliki in the meeting to carry out military expedition to Anbar province and to cleanse there. He stressed that the Iraqi government must “fight against terrorism in al-Anbar” and “to wrap up the sit-in sites”. Maliki expressed his full readiness for this mission, but stressed his need of Iranian regime’s comprehensive support in this regard. Khamenei underscored his support for him in this fight including providing him with sophisticated weapons and intelligence support as well as the Quds Force commanders’ help for planning and commanding the attack. Khamenei presented a report on his trip to the United States and his meeting with the U.S. President and officials. Khamenei said in this regard that the GOI should not rely on the U.S. whatsoever, and “the future of Iraq will be guaranteed in relation with Iran and Syria.” Maliki emphasized that the Iranian regime is the main support for the GOI, and protection and survival of Shiite rule in Iraq can be sustained only by relying on the Iranian regime and the Supreme Leader. Thereby, he is asking for expansion of military, security and economic cooperation with the Iranian regime.
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luckytwo
22-06-2014 06:13pm
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Who is killing innocent muslims?
Iran: Khamenei ordered Maliki to attack Sunni province, end 'PMOI dossier' - documents reveal Published on Monday, 20 January 2014 21:58 Maliki meeting with KhameneiIn his meeting with Nouri al-Maliki, Ali Khamenei commended him for the attack on Ashraf and tasked him with expediting ending PMOI dossier Khamenei asked for cleansing al-Anbar province in Iraq and providing more facilities to help Bashar Assad NCRI - Based on documents and reports obtained from inside the Iranian regime, Khamenei commended Nouri al-Maliki in his meeting with him on 5 December 2013 for the attack on Ashraf and mass murder of the PMOI members. He tasked Maliki with increasing pressures and attacks on the Liberty residents and to provide further facilities and freedom of action for the IRGC and the Quds Force in Iraq. He told Maliki to put an end to the PMOI dossier in Iraq as soon as possible..
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