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Iran's Former Intel Minister: Mossad, MI6, And CIA Created Islamic State

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi (file photo)
Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi (file photo)

A former Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, has added his voice to the growing number of hard-line critics of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

In an interview with Fars News, a news outlet affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Moslehi said the coalition was a "bazeecheh" -- a Persian word meaning a "plaything" or a "trifling amusement." Islamic State, Moslehi said, was created by "the triangle of Mossad, MI6, and the CIA," a reference to the Israeli, British, and U.S. intelligence agencies.

Moslehi's remarks come a day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States and Britain of creating IS. Khamenei charged on October 13 that Washington and "the wicked government of Britain" created both IS and Al-Qaeda "to create divisions and to fight against the Islamic Republic [of Iran]" but that the militant groups have turned against them.

Moslehi said that "dollars from Saudi Arabia and some of the Gulf countries" had financed the creation of IS, adding that the countries that created IS are now panicking.

"The coalition certainly does not want to destroy IS because it needs to use IS for most of its Satanic goals," Moslehi added.

While both the United States and Iran oppose IS, Tehran -- particularly the supreme leader and the military -- has opposed the U.S.-led coalition against the militant group.

The supreme leader's negative comments about the "wicked government of Britain" echoed in Moslehi's accusations that MI6 cooperated to create IS are in part a reaction to remarks made to the United Nations in late September by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said that Tehran is "part of the problem"in the Middle East. Although Iranian President Hassan Rohani called Cameron's words "unacceptable," the president himself drew criticism in Iran for meeting with the British prime minister after his speech.

Since then, several Iranian figures have criticized Britain. In his interview with Fars News, Moslehi added that while IS comprised "hooligans," Britain and MI6 had previously used similar "hooligans" in the 1953 coup d'etat in Iran to overthrow Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadegh.

Moslehi's accusation that Iran's Sunni rival Saudi Arabia funded the creation of IS came after a Saudi minister slammed Iran as "part of the problem" in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Tehran of having "occupying" military forces inside all three countries.

-- Joanna Paraszczuk

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by: Jack from: US
October 14, 2014 15:00
it is an open secret that IS is funded and armed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - key allies of US government So Iranians are saying the truth, which everyone knows, except only those who only listen to US government-controlled media
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by: Mike from: New York City
October 17, 2014 14:12
Anyone that doesn't think Israel has a hand in creating and funding and training ISIS is crazy, too. Just like Al Qaeda; when it was discovered that at least two of their leaders, Azzam the American and Yousef Al-Khattab were two Jewish-Americans named Adam Gadahn and Joseph Cohen, suddenly Al Qaeda stories dropped out of the news and ISIS was born.

by: TheSaucyMugwump from: saucymugwump.blogspot.com
October 14, 2014 15:45
Heydar Moslehi has a point. The CIA overthrew Iran's leader in 1953 and installed the Shah. Then Iran overthrew the Shah in 1979 and asked for him to stand trial. The U.S. refused and the hostage crisis resulted. Not to mention Iran Air 655 which was was shot down by the Vincennes butcher, U.S. Navy Captain William C. Rogers III.

Then we have al-Qaeda and the Taliban which were created by the CIA while attempting to punish the Soviets for their invasion of Afghanistan. The U.S. gave weapons, including hand-held surface-to-air missiles, to the locals, but they had their own ideas.

Then we had George W. Bush and his rabid gang of neo-cons who eliminated an Iraqi dictator who prevented Sunni-Shia inter-fighting. Yes, he murdered Kurds and others, but the area was not engulfed in a civil war like today.

Then we had Barack Obama who armed Syrian "rebels" who consider Assad's forces to be a much greater threat than Islamic State and other Islamists.

And all this time we have partnered with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf states who consider Shia states like Syria and Iran to be the devil incarnate. No surprise, Saudi Arabian men comprised 15 of 19 9/11 killers and constitute a large proportion of Islamic State killers.

And let's not forget that Israel's Netanyahu considers Iran to be 50 times worse than North Korea, even though North Korea has nuclear and chemical weapons but Iran is only close.

Finally, we should not forget Turkey under Sunni Erdogan who hates Assad because he is Shia. Erdogan allows Islamic State killers free travel throughout Turkey and has given them aid.

by: MKhattib from: USA
October 15, 2014 03:10
The fact that Iran's former Intel Minister places blame for terror groups elsewhere when Iran is the leading financier and supporter of terror groups around the world is epic. Last year Rouhani is tweeting, sending shout outs to American Jews for Rosh Hashanah and gabbing on the phone with Obama. Now thousands of Iranian rockets have fallen on Israel courtesy of Hamas. Over 1,000 people have been executed, most by gruesome hangings. Scores more have been flogged or had limbs cut off. Iranian kids shooting mash-up videos to "Happy" get arrested and threatened with 91 lashes. Posting on Facebook gets you arrested. Being a Christian minister earns you a 20 year prison sentence. And steady arms supplies to Assad in Syria and Maliki in Iraq have led to the creation of ISIS. Not exactly a great record. But least we forget, nuclear talks went into the toilet when Rouhani's boss, Supreme Leader Khamenei went on some epic rants denouncing any nuclear deal that takes away Iran's centrifuges or missile technology. Now we see a Rouhani who still tries to sell a moderate image, but the truth has come to light as to what Iran's real intentions are and Rouhani has come to symbolize the erratic nature of a theocratic state intent on building a Shia sphere of influence through a series of proxy wars against Sunni nations using terror groups.

by: Ivan from: Santa Cruz,CA
October 15, 2014 15:03
Assad said he was going to set the middle east on fire. Well, with the help of Iran, Russa, and China he did. Congratulations Assad! You can try to blame the people fighting Assad for the problems in the middle east but the fact is Assad is murdering innocent civilians and the people of the reigon want it to stop.

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"Under The Black Flag" provides news, opinion, and analysis about the impact of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria, Iraq, and beyond. It focuses not only on the fight against terrorist groups in the Middle East, but also on the implications for the region and the world. The blog's primary author, James Miller, closely covered the first three years of the Arab Spring, with a focus on Syria, and is now the managing editor of The Interpreter, where he covers Russia's foreign and domestic policy and the Kremlin's wars in Syria and Ukraine. Follow him on Twitter: @Millermena

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