Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that a military intervention by the United States might further aggravate matters in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters are fighting the Iraqi military because of injustices to Sunni Muslims, and the independence of Iraqi against the United States.
According to Khamenei, the US also aims to put its own leaders in place as it asks Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki to resign.
The US said they asked al-Maliki to resign because his sectarian policies had many Sunni Muslims fewer rights than their Shia counterparts. According to a Sunni Muslim group Iraq’s policies are injustices against Sunnis, and the ISIS intends to have justice against it.
Khamenei added that only the Iraqi government could end the “sedition” as the extremists are also hostile to groups seeking an independent Iraq.
Iran had also accused the indirect support of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arab League members who had donated support against Syrian rebels. ISIS was part of the insurgents in Syria, and had gained effective military weaponry. Hardened veterans from the Syrian crisis, the fighters were superior against Iraqi soldiers, according to US military advisers in Iraq.
Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani was in Iraq the previous week consulting with the Iraqi government how they could contribute to Iraq’s security. His Quds Force is part of Iran’s Revolutionary guard, and is considered an elite force.