ISIS: Rohani, U.S.-led coalition ridiculous

It includes those who armed ISIS. Air raids not enough

18 September, 17:06

    (ANSAmed) - WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 18 - Iranian President Hassan Rohani slammed the US-led coalition against Islamic State jihadists as ''ridiculous'' in an exclusive interview with NBC News' Ann Curry.

    Speaking from the presidential palace, Rohani criticized President Barack Obama's decision to fight ISIS with air raids.

    ''Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?'', Rouhani said.

    He also told NBC: ''If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice''.

    ''Maybe it is necessary for airstrikes in some conditions and some circumstances,'' he added. ''However, air strikes should take place with the permission of the people of that country and the government of that country.'' Rohani went on to say that the coalition includes countries that helped arm ISIS, without elaborating.

    Asked about the extremist group's beheading of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines, Rohani said ISIS' actions go against Islamic tenets.

    ''They want to kill humanity,'' he said. ''And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity''. (ANSAmed)
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