The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) threatened to intervene in Bahrain and Yemen on Thursday, after backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the battle for Aleppo.
The Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Hossein Salami, told state media: “The victory in Aleppo will pave the way for liberating Bahrain.”
Eastern Aleppo was once the opposition’s largest urban stronghold. However, the Syrian Army conquered it with support from the Iranian and Russian militaries.
The IRGC commander made clear that Iran’s regional ambitions are not confined to Aleppo or Syria, saying that Iranian troops will march on Bahrain, Yemen and Iraq.
“The people of Bahrain will achieve their wishes, the Yemeni people will be delighted, and the residents of Mosul [in Iraq] will taste victory, these are all divine promises,” the Iranian General declared.
In the past three years, hundreds of Iranian soldiers have been killed in Syria while fighting against armed opposition groups. Iran’s state-controlled media has lionized these casualties as martyrs and glossed over the massacres, starvation and displacement which took place in Aleppo.
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