Tehran/Beirut, June 26(ANI): Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei has lashed out at the United States for drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan that have allegedly have killed scores of civilians, saying that it has "a black record of terrorist behaviours."
A country whose military forces were responsible for such deaths could not lecture the world about fighting terror, Khamenei said in a written message to an international conference on combating terrorism that opened in Tehran on Saturday.
"Terrorism is not a new phenomenon. It is not a product of recent periods. However the emergence of horrific weapons of mass destruction has made it hundreds of times more dangerous," Khamenei said.
"More shockingly and important is the calculations of satanic world powers, which use terrorism in their policies and planning to achieve their illegitimate goals," he added.
Khamenei went on to say that the US has a "long list of terrorist behaviours by financing and arming terrorist organizations in the region," and condemned its deadly drone strikes against defenceless families in villages and in the most deprived areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan that "have turned, many times, weddings into mourning ceremonies."
He also claimed that crimes by the Black Water in Iraq, killing Iraqi citizens and elites, assisting terrorist groups in Iran, Iraq and in Pakistan, assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in cooperation with Mossad, shooting down Iran's passenger aircraft in the Persian Gulf that left 300 men, women and children killed are part of this shameful and unforgettable list of American acts of terrorism.
"The United States, Britain and some Western governments, with a black record of terrorist behaviours, have now added to their rhetoric the claim of fighting terrorism. They are the same terrorists, who during 1980s, massacred thousands of innocent people in Iran. They killed 72 of Iranian senior officials, academic figures, and scores of parliamentarian in a single act of terrorism," Khamenei said.
"In another terrorist act, our president and prime minister were martyred and the perpetrators of these terror attacks are now living in some European countries under the protection of European governments. With such behaviours, it is a shame to claim to be leading the fight against terrorism," he added. (ANI)