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Iranian President Warns 'Petrodollar' States About Supporting Militants

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said in a speech that those who "spend their money and oil dollars to help terrorists today [should] know that tomorrow is your turn."

(cartoon by Mana Neyestani, Iran Wire)

Rohani was speaking June 22 at the opening of a two-day international conference on the Second Shi'a Imam Hasan.

He warned unspecified countries that their support for militant groups would lead to their own downfall.

"Do not think that these wild terrorists who you directed toward others [will not harm you]," Rohani said and added, "Tomorrow will be your turn. Stop it. Stop the bloodshed."

Rohani called for unity between Shi'a and Sunnis who are brothers."

"We Muslims must all stand against extremism and violence," he said.

Iran has already come out openly in support of authorities in neighboring Iraq who are battling Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Based on reporting by AFP and IRIN

Iran's Supreme Leader Speaks Out Against U.S. Intervention In Iraq

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has spoken against intervention in Iraq by the United States or anyone else, saying the Iraqis can bring an end to violence in their country.

Iranian media on June 22 reported Khamenei as saying "we believe the Iraqi government, nation and religious authorities are capable of ending the sedition."

Khamenei said the "main dispute is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq."

Khamenei seems to have avoided mentioning the Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have seized large areas of Iraq, or that Iran has reportedly sent its own military advisors to Iraq to help protect Shi'ite holy sites.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on June 19 that the United States would send some 300 troops to Iraq to help coordinate the fight against ISIL but made it clear the United States will not get involved in combat in Iraq.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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