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19:15 | 2012-10-30


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Iran Blasts Regional States for Financing Terrorist Activities with Petro Dollars

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi lashed out at certain regional states for financing terrorist operations in other countries of the region, cautioning that the former group doesn't understand the sensitive conditions of the Muslim world.

"Unfortunately, many terrorist operations in the Muslim world today are carried out with the help of petro dollars of certain Muslim states," Rahimi said, addressing participants in the second meeting of the Muslim World's Press and News Agencies Union in Tehran on Tuesday.

He warned of the western states and the Zionist regime's plots to sow discord among the Muslim states, and said, "Today Zionists have waged a full-fledged war against Islam by the help of powerful states and we have no way but (strengthening) unity to confront this aggression."

Recent reports disclosed that he Qatari government has provided huge financial backup for Salafi leaders and Syrian dissidents to help them recruit and train terrorists in Lebanon for the war on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

According to Syria's al-Baath newspaper, Qatar's measure has created tumult in Lebanon, specially after Doha voiced support for Hassan Qaterchi, an Islamist sheikh, who soon turned from the head of an unknown religious group into the chairman of Muslim scholars of Lebanon, thanks to the Qatari government's financial and media supports.

Qatar's support for extremist groups and religious figures opposing the Syrian government and the resistance in Lebanon is not limited to a specific task as Doha also provides financial support for extremist Salafi groups in Lebanon to stir more tension and insecurity in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes. The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey along with the US, have been supporting terrorists and rebel groups in Syria and have practically brought a UN peace initiative into failure to bring President Assad's government into collapse.

Earlier this month, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani admitted that his country is interfering in Syria's internal affairs by supporting terrorists and sending weapons to them.

"Declaring a no-fly-zone and providing safe passages for assistance (to terrorists in Syria) is amongst the most important priorities of Qatar," al-Thani told the CNN.

He also called on the international community to help armed rebels in Syria, adding that such a move doesn't need the permission of the UN Security Council.

Qatari and Saudi rulers want an overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a staunch ally of Iran, and they have taken every measure to this end.

In his latest remarks against Syria, the Emir of Qatar called on the Arab nations to form a political and military coalition to intervene in Syria, posing a direct challenge to UN efforts to resolve the conflict through negotiations.