MANILA – The new Philippine president has blamed U.S. intervention for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in his latest critical remark against Manilaâ€™s closest security ally.
President Rodrigo Duterte suggested in a speech to Muslims on Friday that U.S. policy was to blame for terrorist attacks on its soil, saying, â€œIt is not that the Middle East is exporting terrorism to America, America imported terrorism.â€
Duterte says the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq, which was backed by Britain, led to Saddam Husseinâ€™s downfall but caused the oil-rich nation to descend into bloody strife, adding that Americaâ€™s action had no legal basis.
Duterte describes himself as a leftist president and has declared he would chart a foreign policy not dependent on the United States. – Associated Press