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Iran Blames U.S. For Sectarianism In Iraq

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (file photo) (Fars) October 13, 2006 -- Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei today accused the United States of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and creating religious divisions in the country.

Khamenei said there is plenty of evidence that "the occupiers" are promoting terrorism committed in Iraq in the name of Shi'ite and Sunni Islam.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who was speaking at Friday prayers in Tehran, also said that Israel and the United States had lost the recent conflict in Lebanon, which he described as a "historical phenomenon."

Khamenei said the conflict demonstrated that resistance is the key to victory, warning, though, that the "losers" in the war will look to compensate for their defeat.