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Jumblatt launches fresh anti-Iran tirade

Jumblatt speaks during a press conference after a meeting on the Naameh landfill, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt launched a new tirade against Iran Monday, insisting the Islamic Republic's support for Shiite militias in Iraq represented a quest for expansion.

Jumblatt said in his weekly statement in Al-Anbaa magazine that Tehran has left an imperial footprint in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.

Jumblatt referred to Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq as “gangs... rife with delinquency and corruption,” welcoming their withdrawal from the offensive in the ISIS-held city of Tikrit.

“Islamic Persia’s entrance into Iraq through direct military intervention or through political symbols reflects to some extent the dream of [restoring] the historic empire,” he said.

Syria is under Iran's complete control, Jumblatt added.

The liberation of Palestine doesn’t require Iranian assistance since only the Palestinian people can free their lands, he said.





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