Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah, echoing its allies the Syrian regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad and Russian officials, urged world powers to stop supporting what it considers terrorist groups in Syria hours after Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels, claimed by the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
Western nations, such as the United States, have supported some Syrian opposition groups that Russia, Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran call terrorists.
“Hezbollah sees these blasts as part of the danger posed by the takfiri [Sunni Muslim apostates] terrorist groups which have not spared the world from its evils and crimes,” said a statement released by the Lebanon-based Shiite group after Brussels was hit by three bombings, reports Rudaw.
“These crimes, which are being transferred to the world’s cities, are being committed by the takfiris, and it is the responsibility of regional and international forces to stop supporting them ideologically, morally and financially,” added Hezbollah.
The Shiite terrorist group, Iran, and the Syrian government have joined forces against Assad’s enemies in Syria, which include opposition groups backed by the United States. American officials have described such opposition groups as moderate.
An unnamed source with Syria’s Foreign Ministry said the Brussels blasts represented “the inevitable result of wrong policies and sympathy with terrorism to achieve certain agendas and legitimizing it by describing some terrorist groups as moderate,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Syria renews the call to [rein] in the behavior of the countries that sponsor [terrorism] and force them to stop giving any form of support to the terrorist groups to preserve regional and international peace and stability,” added the Assad regime in an alleged dig at Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional enemy.
Hossian Jaber Ansari, a spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, also responded to the Brussels terrorist attacks.
“It is necessary that comprehensive and integrated confrontations against the ominous phenomena of terrorism and its economic, financial and ideological foundations be carried out,” he said.
Although Russian officials from President Vladimir Putin on down offered condolences over the attack, some senior officials and lawmakers in Russia blamed the West, reports Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
“Prominent Putin allies in double standards’ in the Western governments’ approach to Islamist militants,” notes the report. “They accused the West of playing up a threat from Russia while ignoring what Putin says is the need to cooperate more closely with Moscow in combating terrorism.”
More than 230 people were killed in wounded in Tuesday’s ISIS-claimed attacks.