A video produced by the office of Iran’s top leader claims that the United States created the Islamic State terror group and is behind last Friday’s terror assault in Paris that killed 129.
The video was posted to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Facebook page on Tuesday, the MEMRI research institute reported. It was produced by the office of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s “Supreme Leader.”
In stilted, apparently computer-generated English, an announcer explains over images from the Paris attacks and Middle Eastern conflict zones that American and Saudi “involvement in creating the ISIS [Islamic State] project is being exposed more than ever.”
“France is going through sad bloody nights,” the narrator says. “Bloodiest blood has been shed on the streets of Paris, reportedly by the ISIS terrorists. Many express condolences. Even the Saudi king and the US president. The same ones” who the video claims are behind IS.
Titled, “Who was behind the Paris attacks,” the four-minute video argues that the US founded IS in a bid to resist Shiite forces in Syria and elsewhere, and has funded, armed and trained the group indirectly through American allies in the region.
On the IRGC-run Facebook page, the video is tied to a thumbnail image of US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi appearing to converse with one another.
It quotes American media reports that told the story of IS’s birth in the meeting of jihadist and Ba’athist fighters in the US-run Bucca prison in Iraq, suggesting that the group’s origin under the nose of American forces in Iraq “could not be regarded as a mere coincidence.”
The video notes that the US once supported the precursors to Al-Qaeda when it funded Afghan Islamists in their war against the Soviet invasion.
“When the 9/11 tragedy occurred in the US, and while the main perpetrators of this event have not yet been introduced to the world, the US government launched attacks Iraq and Afghanistan as a response, and started to spread insecurity and terrorism in the region for a decade,” the video explains.
“This act of war, in turn, distracted public opinion from Israeli crimes, the spread of terrorism in West Asia, and set many Muslim countries against one another. What are we going to witness after the Paris attacks?” the video concludes ominously.
It ends with the logo of Khamenei’s website, Khamenei.ir.