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Iran threatens Bahrain, Yemen with ‘Islamic conquest’ like Aleppo

Deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hossein Salami [alquds]
Deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hossein Salami [alquds]

A senior Iranian military commander has threatened further wars of conquest after describing the recent collapse of the Syrian opposition in Aleppo as an “Islamic conquest”, as footage has appeared showing Syrian refugees attempting to evacuate the ravaged city being shot at by Iran-backed Shia jihadists.

In comments to local Iranian media, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General Hossein Salami said: “It is now time for the Islamic conquests. After the liberation of Aleppo, Bahrain’s hopes will be realised and Yemen will be happy with the defeat of the enemies of Islam.”

The IRGC commander also said that “the people of Mosul will taste the taste of victory,” in reference to the ongoing Mosul operations.

The taste of “victory”, however, tasted of blood and terror in Aleppo as the Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News tweeted footage of what pro-Assad regime Iranian proxies were doing there.

Borzou Daragahi tweeted “This is what hell on earth looks like,” as video footage from the devastated city shows “hungry, freezing men, women and children” who are trying to evacuate Aleppo are fired upon by the Shia jihadists.

This footage was supported by further reports and footage from Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah. Jarrah’s footage shows witnesses recounting their stories of how their convoy that was travelling with the Red Cross was waylaid by the Assad regime.

As the men in the video are talking, they and a vast convoy of cars come under attack by Assad regime, creating panic as people try to escape.

Iran’s ‘empire’ and ‘Shia Liberation Army’

Salami’s comments are not the first to emerge from within influential and powerful Iranian official circles.

In March 2015, Presidential Advisor Ali Younesi said that the Iraqi capital of Baghdad was now a “capital of the Iranian empire,” inflaming the Arab world and especially Iraqis who have felt Iran’s pervading and dominating influence in their country.

Last November, Iranian army Chief of Staff General Mohammed Bagheri said that his country would in all likelihood set up military bases in Yemen, Syria and other Arab countries.

Speaking to the state-run Mashregh news agency in August, retired IRGC General Mohammad Ali Falaki said that Iran had created a “Shia Liberation Army” under the command of IRGC Qods Force commander Brigadier-General Qassem Soleimani.

According to Falaki, the Shia Liberation Army was already active on three “fronts” in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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  • Procivic

    If the Western nuclear powers were concerned about Syria they should have refrained from attempting Libya II with the financial backing of such bastions of democracy as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.. The “concerns” of Washington, London and Paris for the Syrian people may get wide coverage in the corporate media but crocodile tears have no takers in the Middle East.

    • frontier001

      Democracy created Iraq.

  • Thomas

    Islamism, as communism, is a suppressive human rights abusing system going back to a 7th century violent camel farmer. Exporting this system to the rest of the world has to stop now . The banana kingdoms of the middle east take note

    • frontier001

      Human righst don’t exist your point is mute

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      What about the Jewish Bolsheviks who executed the Holodomor?

  • Mata Bakhtiar

    No supporting video-clips from “the White Helmets” then? One would have thought, those happy carrying-camera-‘heroes’ would also be asked to contribute to your article!

  • King Shapour

    There are a lot of anti Iranians propaganda by countrirs like America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the rest of their clowns. As a matter of fact Iranians and their allies are only force who are fighting against extremists such as Isis and Al nusra which took civilians as hostages for their own gain.

  • King Shapour

    These Saudis, qataris and turkey think by supporting extremists they can gain more in syria and Iraq, but it’s the poor people who suffer.

  • 1ST CAV MEDIC 69 ✔Trump Train

    Iran must still think they have an American president supporting them. Surprise of the last 1400 years coming on January 20th.

  • Jayson DeBrune

    I guess we will see the consequences of Obama’s abandonment of a hard-won victory in Iraq and wimping out on his infamous “red line” in Syria will bedevil the United States when President-elect Trump takes office. he IRGC here is threatening the consequences many of us warned about whent Obama defaulted on the Iraq victory and his red line.

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      By the terms of an agreement that Bush made with Iraq, Obama had to leave.

      • The fact that Obama didn’t get a status of forces agreement is the reason why the US left and he wasn’t eager for one because he campaigned on the promise to end the war and leave unilaterally which only opened the way for Iran to step into the power vacuum and take over the Maliki government and end the power sharing agreement between Sunni and Shiite factions and plunge Iraq into sectarian conflict that required another U.S.-led surge.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          That’s what he wanted. But the Iraqis wanted the savage invaders out of their country.