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Ahmadinejad: U.S. blocking savior's return

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during his press conference in Tehran, Iran on June 14, 2009. Ahmadinejad said the vote that re-elected him was a real and free one. UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during his press conference in Tehran, Iran on June 14, 2009. Ahmadinejad said the vote that re-elected him was a "real and free one". UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah | License Photo

TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The United States is doing whatever it can to prevent the coming of the Muslim savior, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says.

The Iranian news Web site Tabnak reported that Ahmadinejad, while speaking to survivors of soldiers killed during the 1980's war against Iraq, asserted that U.S. officials believe the Mahdi -- or the Hidden Imam whom Shiite Muslims believe will be ultimate savior of mankind -- is coming and they are working to prevent it from happening, al-Arabiya said Tuesday.

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"We have documented proof that they (U.S. leaders) believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts (the Middle East) and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world," the Web site quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule "

Tabnak also reportedly said the hardline Iranian president revealed plots by both the West and the East to wipe out his nation.

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