A senior Iranian military commander has warned the Western countries against the ramifications of lending support to al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, saying the actions of such terrorist networks will ultimately target the West.
It will not take long until al-Qaeda and extremist groups realize the deceitfulness of the West and change the direction of their actions against the interests of the West, said Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi on Saturday.
The Iranian commander pointed out that no Muslim group, whether Shia or Sunni, support al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, and reiterated that all the Islamic countries are obliged to counter the threat of these terrorist groups that â€œfight against Islam and kill Muslims.â€
The US, Britain and Israel will not be able to provoke al-Qaeda and the extremists to infiltrate into the Muslim world and pose a threat against the Islamic countries, he added.
In the 1980s, the United States assisted the so-called Mujahedeen militants in Afghanistan to fight the forces of the former Soviet Union. The al-Qaeda later emerged from the same group that had years earlier received US weapons and training.
Just over a decade later, the US attacked Afghanistan to topple the Taliban regime, which it accused of harboring al-Qaeda.
Political observers say the US favors the presence of al-Qaeda militants and other extremists in Syria to help the countryâ€™s armed insurgents overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
According to chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, as many as a quarter of the many insurgent groups in Syria see themselves as al-Qaeda offshoots.