The view from Iran
''The American nation should know that Iraq is America's quagmire and America is sinking deeper into it by staying longer in Iraq,'' Khamenei said in a sermon broadcast live on state media to mark the official end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Iran.
'The Americans are so desperate that they are bombing an occupied country...this (Middle East) region does not tolerate occupation,'' the conservative cleric told tens of thousands of worshippers who gathered at a large mosque in Tehran.
Iran has repeatedly called for the acceleration of a power transfer in Iraq and the formation of an independent Iraqi government.
''In free elections the majority of the Iraqi people will choose those who will not allow the Americans to stay one more day in Iraq,'' he said.
Khamenei said instead of providing democracy for Iraq, Washington was oppressing the Iraqi people.
'The Americans, who entered Iraq in the name of human rights, have oppressed the Iraqis so much that they punched the Americans in the face,'' Khamenei said.
''The Americans' claim about bringing democracy to the region is a disgraceful lie,'' he added
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