Lar­i­jani: US took Daesh ter­ror­ists to Afghanistan

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Iran’s Par­lia­ment Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani said the United States has trans­ferred a large num­ber of Daesh ter­ror­ists to Afghanistan over the past years.

Speak­ing in Tehran on Thurs­day, Lar­i­jani said this could bring about a re­play else­where in Asia, as was suf­fered by Iraq and Syria dur­ing the Tak­firi ter­ror group’s three-year reign in the Arab coun­tries, Press TV re­ported.

Co­op­er­a­tion among Iran, China, Pak­istan, Tur­key, Rus­sia, and Afghanistan would be of “great sig­nif­i­cance,” he told Chen Zu, the vis­it­ing vicechair­man of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

The re­marks echoed sim­i­lar ones in Jan­uary by the Leader of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Ay­a­tol­lah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

The Chi­nese of­fi­cial trav­eled to Tehran for an up­com­ing two­day con­fer­ence on ter­ror­ism to be at­tended by top par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from Iran, China, Pak­istan, Tur­key, Rus­sia, and Afghanistan. The event is the se­cond of its type, the pre­vi­ous one be­ing hosted by Pak­istan last year.

He said Tehran and Bei­jing had en­joyed “good coun­tert­er­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion” in re­cent years.

Daesh at­tacked Iraq and Syria in 2014, over­run­ning huge swathes of ter­ri­tory with the avowed in­ten­tion of us­ing the coun­tries to ex­pand its turf.

The US en­listed scores of its al­lies in a self-styled bat­tle to push against the group, but the coali­tion was re­mark­ably slow in progress de­spite its sheer size.

Bagh­dad and Da­m­as­cus en­listed the as­sis­tance of their al­lies, in­clud­ing the Is­lamic Repub­lic, as the out­fit was threat­en­ing to re­al­ize its am­bi­tions. They fi­nally im­posed de­feat on the ter­ror­ists late last year.

Daesh es­tab­lished a com­pa­ra­bly lim­ited pres­ence in Afghanistan, where it has mostly run ram­pant in the eastern prov­ince of Nan­garhar.

On Fe­bru­ary 5, three months af­ter the group’s de­feat in Iraq and Syria, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that the US mil­i­tary was pulling its forces from a base in Iraq and shift­ing them to Afghanistan.

The re­port flew in the face of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion cam­paign prom­ises to end Wash­ing­ton’s Afghanistan in­ter­ven­tion. A US at­tempt to get the United Na­tions to con­demn Ha­mas, the Pales­tinian group ad­min­is­ter­ing the be­sieged Gaza Strip, failed on Thurs­day.

The res­o­lu­tion re­quired two-thirds sup­port and while Assem­bly res­o­lu­tions are non-bind­ing, they can carry po­lit­i­cal weight. The US text re­ceived 87 votes in fa­vor, 58 against, 32 ab­sten­tions and 16 coun­tries did not vote, Reuters re­ported.

In an ear­lier pro­ce­dural move re­quested by Kuwait, the 193-mem­ber body nar­rowly voted to re­quire twothirds sup­port and not a sim­ple ma­jor­ity for adop­tion of the draft res­o­lu­tion.

Out­go­ing US Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley had writ­ten to mem­ber states on Mon­day to urge them to vote for the Us­drafted text, warn­ing them: “The United States takes the out­come of this vote very se­ri­ously.”

The United States is work­ing on a long-awaited plan to bro­ker peace be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, but the Pales­tini­ans are skep­ti­cal and have ac­cused the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of sid­ing with Is­rael on core is­sues.

Ha­mas of­fi­cial Sami Abu Zuhri said that “re­ject­ing the Amer­i­can drafted res­o­lu­tion against the re­sis­tance rep­re­sents a blow to the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion and reaf­firms the le­git­i­macy of the re­sis­tance.”

Is­rael’s UN Am­bas­sador Danny Danon said the coun­tries that re­jected the draft res­o­lu­tion should be ashamed.

For more than a decade Gaza has been con­trolled by Ha­mas. The econ­omy has col­lapsed, cre­at­ing what the World Bank de­scribes as a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis with short­ages of water, elec­tric­ity and medicine un­der Is­raeli block­age.

Iran’s Deputy UN Am­bas­sador Es’haq Al-e Habib ac­cused the United States of try­ing to de­flect the at­ten­tion of the world from the root causes of the con­flict and said “we rec­og­nize Ha­mas as a le­git­i­mate re­sis­tance move­ment fight­ing for the lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory from for­eign oc­cu­pa­tion.”

Iran de­scribed the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries as the root of all ex­ist­ing con­flicts and crises in the Mid­dle East re­gion, Press TV re­ported.

The pro­posed res­o­lu­tion, he said in a state­ment ad­dressed to the UN on Thurs­day, “in­di­cates the real na­ture of the US for­eign pol­icy con­cern­ing the Pales­tini­ans, which is essen­tially based on de­ceit, com­plete ig­no­rance of

Pales­tini­ans’ rights, and also un­con­di­tioned and in­vari­able sup­port for Is­rael.”

“The draft res­o­lu­tion is pred­i­cated on de­cep­tion since it to­tally ig­nores the root of the con­flict, namely the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine by Is­rael over the past decades.”

Al-e Habib said it never mat­tered in the same prois­rael US for­eign pol­icy what crimes would be per­pe­trated against the Pales­tini­ans, how many Pales­tinian chil­dren would be killed, or what bru­tal­ity and in­hu­mane treat­ment would they be sub­jected to the Pales­tini­ans.

Al-e Habib said Is­rael’s set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties showed that “it has never had any in­ten­tion for or in­ter­est in peace with the Pales­tini­ans”. He also crit­i­cized the regime’s “un­prece­dented” mea­sures aimed at speed­ing up Ju­daiza­tion of Al-quds. Ef­forts, that he said, in­cluded chang­ing the holy oc­cu­pied city’s de­mo­graphic struc­ture as well as its re­li­gious and cul­tural iden­tity by de­stroy­ing Mus­lim and Chris­tian re­li­gious sym­bols there.

Else­where in his re­marks, the of­fi­cial pointed out that Is­rael’s siege of the Gaza Strip had turned the Pales­tinian coastal ter­ri­tory into a “sti­fling and un­in­hab­it­able pri­son.” The block­ade amounted to “col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment” of the en­clave’s en­tire ter­ri­tory, he added.

More than 160 Pales­tini­ans have died dur­ing Is­rael’s sup­pres­sion of anti-oc­cu­pa­tion Pales­tinian protests in Gaza since March, he re­minded.


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