One of the leading daily newspapers in Iran, Kayhan, which is affiliated with the Supreme Leader Sayeed Ali Khamenei, is reporting that ISIS, or the Islamic State, is “a tool” of the United States and Israel and that the attacks in Paris were “a plot” to open the way for a Western army to to set down in Syria and remove President Bashar al-Assad.
As translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Kayhan’s Editor Hossein Shariatmadari wrote on Nov. 15 that “ISIS elements are not the good soldiers of Iran and Hizbullah, who defend the innocent with their bodies. Rather, they are people with no sense, cultivated by the Zionists, Americans, British, French, and Saudis, and will attack anywhere there is an opportunity. … The French are paying for the crimes of their ministers.”
“Edward Snowden revealed that the CIA and Mossad were involved in establishing ISIS, which they called a ‘wasps’ nest’ that would attract extremists and create a security [buffer] for the Zionist regime,” stated the Kayhan. Snowden further revealed that the ISIS leader had been trained extensively by the Mossad for a year, in both military tactics and public speaking.”
“Now, following the catastrophe in France and the deaths of innocents, next in line are the U.S., some Western countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey,” wrote the Iranian editor. “[This is because] now … the terrorist elements … realize who the enemy is and are coming home to roost. That is, anyone who creates a wasps’ nest should expect the wasps to return to the nest.”
In two editorials published on Nov. 17 and 19, the Kayhan claimed that “France, America, and the Zionist regime, which support the terroists” were responsible for the Paris massacres on Nov. 13,reported MEMRI, and that “according to many documents, the terrorists [Islamic State] who claimed responsibility for the attacks were cultivated by the intelligence and security apparatuses of America and Western and Arab countries.”
The Islamic State operates “as a tool of the White House, the Élysée, Buckingham Palace, and Tel Aviv, with funds from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and their servants Turkey and Jordan, and carry out the plans of the U.S.,” stated the Kayhan editorial on Nov. 17.
In the Nov. 19 editorial, it reads, “Saying that the Paris event was a plot to dispatch an army to the Middle East and destroy ‘the resistance’ is not that baseless, especially if we recall that the U.S. project regarding the Middle East began with the events of 9/11 but has remained unfinished. If we agree that the Paris event was a plot … then it is possible that France itself has become a pawn.”
“For years, the U.S. and the Zionist regime have searched for a way to get their allies to foot the bill for dispatching an army to the region,” said the Kayhan. This is the same plan they carried out in attacking Iraq and Afghanistan.”
MEMRI also reported that Ala Al-Din Boroujerdi, head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in Iran, said at a Nov. 19 conference, “ISIS was created to divert attention away from the Zionist regime. Now the danger is palpable in all those countries involved in establishing ISIS.”
Also, Iran’s judiciary leader Sadegh Amoli Larijani said, “We should not only castigate American statesmen, but also prosecute them for supporting terrorist groups and for creating ISIS.”
In its report on thee Kayhan editorials and related news, MEMRI posted several cartoons published by different Iranian news services in the wake of the Paris attacks. In one cartoon, ISIS is shown holding a knife to the world while simultaneously receiving money from the United States and Israel. In another cartoon, Israeli Prime Minister is depicted as a puppeteer arming an ISIS terrorist with a suicide bomb vest who is headed to Paris.