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Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander says Bahrain will ‘pay price’ for insulting Shia cleric

Reuters , Monday 20 Jun 2016
Isa Qassim
Bahrain's leading Shi'ite cleric Isa Qassim gives a rare speech at Saar Mosque, west of Manama, Bahrain February 10, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned Bahrain's government of armed struggle, after the Gulf kingdom stripped the spiritual leader of its Shia Muslim majority of his citizenship.

"The Al Khalifa (rulers of Bahrain) surely know their aggression against Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line that crossing it would set Bahrain and the whole region on fire, and it would leave no choice for people but to resort to armed resistance," said Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, the elite special forces arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, in a statement published by Fars news agency.

"Al Khalifa will definitely pay the price for that and their bloodthirsty regime will be toppled," he said.

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