Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech last month repeated his periodic claim of a U.S. hand behind the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the posted text alluded to a year-old conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton had admitted as much in her memoir.
“Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton’s memoirs] that they have played a role in creating, developing and establishing DAESH and today too, they are supporting them,” Khamenei told an Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) gathering of government officials and Islamic ambassadors on July 18, according to the speech text posted on an official Khamenei website.
“Now, a coalition against DAESH has been formed. Of course, I do not believe that there is a real coalition against DAESH,” he continued. Da’esh is an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“It is you who are the defenders of terrorism!” Khamenei said in comments directed at the U.S. and its Western and Sunni Arab allies. “It is you who have created DAESH. It is you who train terrorists.”
Khamenei likewise accused Iran’s enemies of having created al-Qaeda.
“These criminal organizations – including al-Qaeda, DAESH and the like – were created with the purpose of pitting us against one another and making nations confront each other,” he said. “This is the transgressing and treacherous hand of the enemy.”
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