Iran: "We Are Witnessing the Export of the Islamic Revolution Throughout the Region"

(Bloomberg) Kambiz Foroohar and Ladane Nasseri - Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, told a rally last week marking the 36th anniversary of the uprising that ushered in theocratic rule: "We are witnessing the export of the Islamic revolution throughout the region, from Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa." As it attempts to negotiate a nuclear deal that would free its economy from sanctions, Shiite Iran's influence is increasingly visible from the Gulf of Aden to the Mediterranean. "Iran is advancing," said Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi commentator. Iran "has succeeded in Syria in maintaining Bashar al-Assad, succeeded in Iraq in having all the Shiites on its side, and it has expanded now to Yemen."

2015-02-19 00:00:00

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