NICOSIA [MENL] -- For the first time, Iran has threatened to attack Gulf
Arab allies of the United States.
A unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has reported the training
of suicide bombers to strike targets in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The
IRGC unit said any GCC state that facilitates a U.S. military operation
against Iran would be attacked.
"If the bases in these countries are used as a launch pad for the attacking
U.S. forces, why should they expect to remain secure while we are not?"
Faroz Rajai, commander of the Martyrs Battalions, asked.
Western intelligence sources said the Martyrs Battalions were established in
2002 by the IRGC. The sources said the unit has been drawing recruits from
Iran's religious seminaries as well as universities.
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