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Al-Ettejah Director: US-Led Invasion Divided Iraq

Al-Ettejah Director: US-Led Invasion Divided Iraq
Al-Ettejah Director: US-Led Invasion Divided Iraq

The director of Al-Ettejah TV’s Tehran Bureau says it was the US-led invasion and occupation in 2003 that divided Iraq into ethno-sectarian lines.

Speaking at a press conference Saturday on the sidelines of the 21st International Press Fair, Zainol Abedin Haydari said there was no such thing as the Shia-Sunni divide. “All this happened after the United States and its allies invaded and occupied Iraq under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction - which turned out to be a fabrication,” he added.

He told reporters on the main premises of the Foreign Media Department of the Culture Ministry that the Wahhabis and Takfiris hijacked the banner of resistance during the occupation; directed their attacks against the Shia community; and tarnished the image of Islam. “The world witnessed the formation of a true resistance movement when Shia and Sunni volunteer forces came together to stop the ISIL Takfiri militants from turning Iraq into a failed state,” he said.
According to Haydari, a religious decree (fatwa) issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani put an end to the Western media smear campaign and united all communities – Shia, Sunni, Kurds - against the foreign-backed extremist outfits.

Looking ahead, he said, the Iraqi media have to fight a tough battle. “They have to counter the Western media propaganda, whose main job is to sow discord, tarnish the image of resistance, and give the impression that this is a war between Shias and Sunnis and not a war between the people of Iraq and the US-supported terrorist goons.”

In conclusion, Haydari, who is also a reporter, said the people of Iraq in general and the media in particular look to Iran and its Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for assistance and inspiration in their fight against all manners of terrorism and extremism.

Al-Ettejah TV was launched in 2006 when Iraq was still under US occupation.

Nov 7, 2015 18:28
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