Iran blames U.S.
for beheadings

By WND Staff

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared today that the United States and Israel are responsible for the recent spate of terrorist kidnappings and beheadings in the Middle East.

According to an Associated Press report, Iran’s official news outlet, the Islamic Republic News Agency, claims the leader decried the terrorist acts, calling them “loathsome, horrible.” Khamenei also said it was “of great importance” to fight terrorism.

During a visit with Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Khamenei said there was no way such vile acts were perpetrated by Muslims.

“We seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis in conducting such horrendous terrorist acts and cannot believe the people who kidnap Philippines nationals, for instance, or behead U.S. nationals are Muslims,” he said.

The latest kidnapping in Iraq was of Filipino truck driver Angelo dela Cruz on Wednesday. After the terrorists threatened his life, the government of the Philippines vowed to remove its small military force from Iraq “as soon as possible.” The troops were scheduled to be pulled out Aug. 20.

Despite Khamenei’s comments, Islamic terror groups have claimed responsibility for kidnappings and killings of Western nationals, including Americans Nick Berg and Paul Johnson.