Iranian general says Iraq, South Lebanon “submit” to Tehran

An Iranian general said Iraq and Hezbollah-dominated South Lebanon “submit” to Tehran’s wishes.

“Those two countries, in a way or another, submit to the will and the wishes of Tehran,” head of Iran’s elite al-Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, was quoted as saying by Iran's ISNA student news agency and later relayed by Al-Arabiya television.

He added that his country “can organize any movement that leads to the formation of Islamic governments [in Iraq and Lebanon] in order to fight imperialism.”

According to ISNA, Suleimani’s remarks came during a seminar entitled “Youth and Islamic Awareness”, which was held in Tehran on Thursday.

Commenting on the Syrian crisis, the general said that “the Syrian people support the government [of President Bashar al-Assad] completely.”

Assad’s troops have cracked down on protests against almost five decades of Baath rule which broke out mid-March, killing over 5,400 people and triggering a torrent of international condemnation.

-NOW Lebanon

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  • alsidani

    this suleiman is honest and is telling the truth ,he is saying in plain engilsh hizbullah is a tool of teheran lebanon is at the mercy of iran goodwill (not israel or the usa or any other fictitious imaginary enemy du jour etc.. as aoun nad nasrallah repeat all day long to scare you off)

    January 20, 2012