SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Iran on Thursday cast doubt on the “seriousness and sincerity” of an international coalition the United States is gathering against ISIS (Da’esh terrorist group). “There are uncertainties about the so-called international coalition against (IS) that was announced after the NATO summit in Wales” last week, foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said.
“Its seriousness and sincerity to tackle the root causes of terrorism is fundamentally questionable,” she said in statements carried by official news agency IRNA. Afkham’s remarks come hours after Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to launch a “relentless” war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in order to “destroy” them.
Last week Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of not taking the threat from ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria seriously. He also said that US aid had previously helped the extremist group. Afkham said some countries, which she did not name, have been helping the extremist group.
“Some of the countries in this coalition are among the ones who provided financial and security support for terrorists in Iraq and Syria,” she said. “Others are hoping to bring about political change in Iraq and Syria in favour of their own interests.” Her comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah for talks aimed at building a coalition, including with Arab states and Turkey, against ISIS. Iran has repeatedly accused Persian Gulf monarchies of financing the extremist group.