03/28/2017, 09.42
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The Islamic State threatens Tehran and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

In a video in Farsi faction of the "province of Diyala" threatens Tehran over its involvement in ongoing regional conflicts. Iran's support for Iraqi government and Syrian leadership targeted. Its openness and tolerance towards Jews also criticized.

Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Islamic State is threatening to strike Iran and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, over its role in ongoing regional conflicts. The threats were contained in a video in Farsi - a rarity compared to traditional Arabic or English used by jihadists – was posted yesterday on one of the many propaganda sites used by militants.

The footage, which lasts about 36 minutes, is titled " The Farsi Land: from Yesterday till Today" and is the work of members of the Islamic State "in the province of Diyala," in neighboring Iraq. In the images you see a masked man who addressed his message directly to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic.

" "O, Khamenei, you cursed person who controls the so-called Islamic Iranian regime, rest assured that soon we will destroy your house like this," he says, pointing to ruins behind him.

The videos also shows several executions of soldiers by beheading, a gruesome tradition in popular Daesh propaganda [Arabic acronym for IS]. One of the slaughtered soldiers wears a badge with the image of Imam Hussein, testifying to the fact that he is a Shiite fighter.

Iran, an overwhelmingly Shiite Islamic Republic (minority confession in the religion of Mohammed, in which over 75% are Sunni), is an important military and financial ally for Syria and its president Bashar al-Assad. Since 2011 a bloody conflict has enveloped the Arab nation involving in addition to government soldiers and rebel groups supported by the West, even jihadist militias such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Tehran is also an ally of the Iraqi government, which has launched a massive offensive in recent months against the Islamic State in the north and in Mosul, the capital of the so-called "Islamic Caliphate" the men of al-Baghdadi. The Iranian government in recent years has sent thousands of fighters to both Syria and Iraq to fight the Sunni jihadist militias.

The IS and other fighters movements consider Shiites as heretics and apostates. The video accuses the Iranians of having persecuted Sunnis over the centuries: "We will conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before".

The video also chastises Iran for its tolerance towards Jews. "Iran raised its slogans against the U.S. and Israel to deceive the Sunnis while Iranian Jews live safely in Iran under its protection, and it has provided them with temples and churches as seen in Tehran and Isfahan”.

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