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Qatari Quds Arabi daily: IRGC head Soleimani’s surprise visit to border, cloaked in Fatimid Caliphate symbolism

Leaving aside the bias of Quds Arabi, an interesting piece given the possible play – intentional or not – on Shia history. Likely to enrage rulers from Riyadh to Cairo and beyond (Translated today by our mideastwire.com):

“…Hence, the Iranian corridor onto the Mediterranean would ensure a wide and cheap passageway for Iran’s oil, gas and goods towards Europe and North Africa, which is one of the reasons why this is considered to be a major strategic accomplishment for Tehran on the economic, military and political levels. What is noticeable is that Soleimani’s visit to the border, which carried the Fatemiyoun brand, was not arbitrary. It rather carried an important ideological and mobilization message which he wanted to convey, by recollecting the symbolism of the Fatimid Caliphate that conquered Egypt in 969 (358 Hijri) and established the city of Cairo, and whose influence was spread from Morocco to Persia. In parallel to Soleimani’s revealing appearance, media outlets “close to the Syrian regime” quoted Commercial Attache at the Russian Embassy in Damascus Igor Matveyev as saying that Moscow was inclined to use the Syrian border as a “corridor” onto Iraq and other states…”

http://www.alquds.co.uk/?p=736660

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

June 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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