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Iraq crisis: Obama's foreign policy empowers terrorists, says Iranian lawmaker

One of Iran's top members of its parliament, during a meeting with the Croatian deputy foreign minister in Tehran on Tuesday, claimed that President Barack Obama and his administration's wrongheaded Middle East foreign policy has resulted in empowering terrorists in that part of world, especially in Iraq.

While Iran has a large standing army, it also bankrolls paramilitary groups to fight proxy wars.
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The result of the U.S. policies in the region, especially in Syria, has been strengthening the resolve of terrorist groups in the region, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said during his meeting with Croatian Deputy Foreign Minister Josko Klisovic,

The Iranian expert on national security also claimed that there may be disastrous results with the spread of terrorism throughout the Middle East. He also reportedly noted that the terrorists have returned to threatening international safety and tranquility including threats to European nations and the United States.

Iranian officials have also expressed deep concerns over the threats facing the countries whose citizens would return home after fighting for the Islamist rebels in Syria. For example, Britain has been advised that a large number of British Muslims are fighting in Syra. Iran, a Shiite Muslim nation supports the Bashar al-Assad presidency going as far as sending members of Hezbollah, a terrorist group based in Lebanon and financed by Iran, to help the Assad military forces battle the radical Sunni rebels.

On Harvard University's Iran Matters website, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is quoted as saying that “a military attack is not a priority for Americans now. They have renounced the idea of any military actions against Iran."

He's also quoted by the New York Times as saying: “America cannot do a damn thing. They realized that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked…A military attack is not a priority for Americans now. They have renounced the idea of any military actions.

In her June 11, 2014, syndicated column, journalist Mona Charen explained Obama's shortcomings as a leader as seen by the Iranians:

"Iran has excellent reasons to trust Obama will make a very bad deal.... These [reasons] include Obama’s repeated 'greetings' and other expressions of friendship, his unwillingness to condemn the regime during the democracy protests of 2009, his agreement to release the worst Guantanamo Bay detainees, his retreat from the 'red line' threat against Bashar Assad, his timidity in the face of Russian adventurism, his cuts to military spending, his passive response to the Chinese declaration of an 'air defense zone' in the South China Sea, and even his limp response to Cuba’s prolonged imprisonment of State Department contractor Alan Gross."