World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of Iranians held a rally in the capital, Tehran, on Tuesday to show their readiness to combat the rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to protect their religious sites.
The protest comes after Shiite Muslim leader Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers for the bloodshed in Iraq - especially the U.S. - which he has accused of abusing "the ignorance and prejudice of a group of willful elements."
A former presidential candidate, Saeed Jalili, said the clashes in Iraq is a war of mercenaries working for the U.S., claiming those who organized the biggest acts of terrorism - by which he meant Western Powers - are currently fighting with terrorism.
Jalili called on the Iraqi people for unity to foil those who want to trigger sectarian war in their country.
The rallying activists dismissed allegations that Iranian soldiers fight with the Iraqi Army against the rebels, saying the U.S. hides the realities in Iraq. He said Iranians see no reason to conceal their fighting if they must fight.
ISIL rebels, backed by tribal fighters, seized Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, on June 10, instigating an rebellion that gripped a significant part of the country's north since then.Last Mod: 25 Haziran 2014, 13:08