Nov 07, 2019 13:21 UTC
  • Like Daesh scenario, new US plot for Iraq will face defeat: Shamkhani

Iran’s top security official has denounced plots hatched by the US and its regional partners for the Middle Eastern countries, saying the new “scenario” for Iraq will fail like that of the Daesh terror group.

According to Press TV, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Thursday that Washington and its allies have been taking advantage of rightful economic and social demands by anti-government protesters in Iraq and Lebanon in a bid to create insecurity and instability in both countries.

“Based on a deep understanding of the people and the unparalleled role of the religious leadership in Iraq, the scenario by the US and its regional puppets will fail like the Daesh sedition,” he said.

The comments come as Iraq is grappling with anti-government protests in several cities.

The rallies have, however, turned violent on several occasions, with so-called demonstrators vandalizing public property and opening fire on protesters during the mayhem.

In another development on Thursday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned that the enemies have been exploiting the Iraqi and Lebanese people’s legitimate rights to bring mercenary governments to power, adding, however, that the religious leadership and the people of both countries will counter such conspiracies.

The Iraqi and Lebanese governments should resolve their people's problems, whether there are protests or not, he said, noting, "No one has the right to meddle in these countries'" affairs.

Similar to Iraq, Lebanon has also witnessed mass anti-government demonstrations, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri late last month.