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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Condemns ISIS Beheading of Christians

Image: Iranian supreme leader speaks during a ceremony in Tehran
A handout picture made available by the Iranian supreme leader official website shows Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting Iranian army air force officers during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 8, 2015.SUPREME LEADER OFFICIAL WEBSITE via EPA

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TEHRAN — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted his outrage at the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS.

“We don’t forget how much Iranian #Christians have taken pains to render services & some of them have martyred in Saddam’s war against #Iran,” he tweeted in English late Monday.

Iran’s leadership regularly takes to social media to make points about politics and society, even though Twitter is outlawed in Iran.

In a flurry of messages, Khamenei advised Muslims to help Christians in need while extolling what he said was the Islamic Republic of Iran’s equal treatment of people of different faiths. ISIS is intent on imposing its radical version of Sunni Islamic law, which puts it in conflict with majority Shiite Muslim Iran.

Khamenei also made his trademark criticism of Western governments in a retweeted message accompanied by a photograph taken from the ISIS video released Sunday of the Egyptian Coptics before they were beheaded.

The message was taken from the account @myLetter4u: “Don’t allow the arrogants 2 introduce their mercenaries as representatives of Islam.” Khamenei often refers to the United States, U.K. and Israel as the arrogant powers and on numerous occasions has stated directly and publicly that ISIS was created and is funded by the U.S. in order to destroy Islam.

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— Ali Arouzi

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