(From AFP)

A leading Iranian general has warned Bahrain it is fanning armed rebellion and “will pay the price” after a crackdown on its Shiite majority saw the community’s spiritual leader stripped of his nationality.

General Qassem Suleimani

The warning from General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations arm, the Quds Force, came after Washington too strongly criticized the move by its Gulf Arab ally.

Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim

“Surely, they know that the aggression against Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line… that will leave no option for the people but to resort to armed resistance,” Suleimani told state media late on Monday.

Bahrain’s rulers “will pay the price and it will have no result but the destruction of this bloodthirsty regime,” he added. Read More

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