Iran blames West for rise of Islamic State group

How rooted in Islam is the ideology embraced by the Islamic State group that has inspired so many to fight and die? The group has assumed the mantle of Islam's earliest years, claiming to recreate the conquests and rule of the Prophet Muhammad and his successors. But in reality its ideology is a virulent vision all its own, one that its adherents have plucked from centuries of traditions. (AP Photo, File)

BERLIN (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.

Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday that "a sizeable number" of those joining the Islamic State group and others were second-generation immigrants in western democracies.

He noted that some of those "beheading innocent civilians speak European languages with native accents" — a veiled reference to "Jihadi John," who appeared in several IS propaganda videos showing the execution of the group's prisoners.

"Jihadi John" was revealed last week to be Mohammed Emwazi, a young man raised in London.

Zarif also repeated his country's previous claim that western efforts to promote human rights in the Mideast have destabilized existing regimes and benefited extremist groups.

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