Philippine president blames US for Middle East violence


MANILA, Philippines -- The new Philippine president blamed US intervention for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in his latest criticism of Manila's closest security ally.


President Rodrigo Duterte suggested in a speech Friday that intrusive policy was to blame for attacks on US soil, saying, "It is not that the Middle East is exporting terrorism to America, America imported terrorism."


"They forced their way to Iraq ... look at Iraq now, look what happened to Libya, look what happened to Syria," he told the Muslim community in southern Davao city in a ceremony marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. "People are being annihilated there including children."


פרסום ראשון: 07.09.16, 08:19