Iran's top leader opposes US intervention in Iraq

2014-06-22 16:34
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Iranian leader's website, AFP)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Iranian leader's website, AFP)

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Tehran - Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is against US intervention in neighbouring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities.

"We strongly oppose the intervention of the US and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq," Khamenei was quoted as saying by the IRNA state news agency on Sunday, in his first reaction to the crisis.

"The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the US camp and those who seek an independent Iraq," said Khamenei, who has the final say over government policies. "The US aims to bring its own blind followers to power."

Shi'ite Iran supports the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad, and has said it would consider any request for military aid.

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