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Muslims defeated ‘infidels’ in Aleppo, says Iranian cleric in Friday sermon
Sunday December 18, 2016 12:00 PM, Agencies

Emami Kashani
[Kashani affirmed that Aleppo was liberated and not fallen, and that the Muslims were victorious over the infidels. (Photo: AFP) ]

Tehran Friday prayers cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, claimed a military victory in Aleppo, applauding what he commended as “Aleppo triumph” as a victory of the “Muslims over the Infidels”, according to various Iranian state run controlled media outlets.

According to “al-Alam” news channel website, Kashani affirmed that Aleppo was “liberated” and not “fallen” and that the Muslims were victorious over the infidels, as an innuendo to the Syrian opposition, who rebelled against Bashar al Assad’s authoritarian regime and consequently being forcibly evacuated from their homes as culmination of the siege, starvation and shelling, according to Al Arabiya.

In addition, Kashani was quoted by the Iranian “al Hawza news agency” Saturday, saying that Aleppo’s accomplishment is “a victory achieved as a consequence of resoluteness, tenacity and determination.”

Kashani's statement came simultaneously with a senior Iranian military commander describing the recent collapse of the Syrian opposition in Aleppo as an “Islamic conquest” and threatening similiar attacks in Bahrain and Yemen.

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, according to Middle East Monitor.

Such threats and 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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