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  • A group of extremist militants in Syria. (Photo: Reuters)

    A group of extremist militants in Syria. (Photo: Reuters)

Published 29 September 2014

The official also accused the U.S. of destroying Syrian infrastructure in its campaign against the Islamic State (I.S.) militants.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday that the U.S. “insane strikes,” which actually target Syria’s infrastructure, only serve to “bolster extremism.” 

During an interview with Press TV, he said that, “The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region.

He also noted that Washington is actually destroying the Syrian infrastructure in its campaign against the Islamic State (I.S.) militants, arguing that that U.S. must prove its honesty by blocking the extremist group's financial transactions. 

“If the U.S. is honest, it should prevent the I.S. dollar-based transactions in the financial and banking system instead of targeting Syria’s oil and gas facilities and infrastructure,” Amir-Abdollahian said. 

On September 22, the U.S. and its regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan, have been conducting air strikes against the Islamic State militants inside Syria without any authorization from the government of President Bashar al-Assad or the U.N. Security Council. 

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011, while the I.S. fighters have seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq and have also committed atrocious crimes in the two countries including mass executions of people.

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