Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei: Iran’s support to Bahrain is not related with Shia-Sunni; Ahmadinejad condemns western countries for military actions in Libya; Two Security personnel killed in terrorist attacks in Iran
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  • Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that there is no difference between the uprising against tyranny in Bahrain with other Arab countries such as Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia or Libya. This claim that Iran is supporting the Bahrainis because they are mostly Shia is absolutely false. Iran has been supporting the Sunni Muslims in Palestine over the past 32 years and this indicates that Iran creates no difference between Shias and Sunnis. He also pointed out that the Bahrainis are only seeking a legitimate demand of “one man one vote” in their country. He also called Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Bahrain a “mistake” which will make Saudi Arabia disliked in the eyes of the people.1

    However, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the US and its Western allies are doing the same “mistakes” by intervening in Libya. Despite the clear lessons that the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan have taught them and despite the public opinion’s against the oppressive governments are repeating their mistakes. He also added that “under various pretexts, they bomb innocent civilians and destroy the infrastructure of other countries to dominate them.” This statement came in presence of Presidents Jalal Talabani of Iraq, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan, Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov who are in Tehran at the invitation of Ahmadinejad to celeberate Nowruz, or the Persian New Year festival which marks the transition from winter to spring.2

    In other developments, according to reports, in two separate terrorist attacks in the western city of Sanandaj, Kordestan province Iran, a serviceman and a policeman were killed. The attacks came in a two-hour difference. In the first act, armed men shot dead a serviceman who was identified as Morteza Vaziri Afshar and also injured a policeman and a passerby. In the second brutal attack a policeman was killed and another person was wounded.3