- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A top special operations aide to Iran’s leader says his troops are in a global war that will one day bring “the banner of Islam over the White House.”

Ali Shirazi is the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, the overseas operations branch that trained Iraqi Shiites to kill American troops and is active throughout the Middle East.

The Middle East Media Research Institute said Mr. Shirazi on Feb. 26 spoke at a ceremony attended by the families of Iranian “martyrs” who died fighting overseas.

He listed the countries in which Iran’s Shiite Islamic revolution has spread, including Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen.

Then he said, “We shall not rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the White House,” according to MEMRI, whose analysts in Washington monitor Islamic extremists.

“Today, in every country we look at worldwide, we see that the love of martyrdom is spreading like wildfire every day,” Mr. Shirazi said.

He said more Muslims are embracing the idea of dying for jihad.

“When we look at the Islamic world, we see that the culture of the Islamic Revolution has reached all countries and all Muslims throughout the world,” Mr. Shirazi said. “This is why love of martyrdom is spreading. This has come about thanks to the blood of your [sons], the martyrs.”

Quds Force fighters are now in Iraq along side Iraqi Shiite militias battling the Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim terror army. Quds operators also helped Shiites bring down the government in Yemen and are engaged in Syria against various rebels and extremists trying to bring down President Bashar Assad.

President Obama has reached out to the Iranian mullahs ruling the country, saying Iran has the potential to be a major regional power. He is close to approving a major nuclear deal that would lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran stopping its effort to one day build atomic weapons.

• Rowan Scarborough can be reached at rscarborough@washingtontimes.com.

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