Analysis

 Iran Balks at Unholy War with Equally Fanatical ISIS
General Qasem Suleimani, right, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, in 2006 with Tehran’s mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. (Mehdi Ghasemi/AP)
August 12, 2014
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Iran is caught in a Persian paradox. As a fanatical Shiite Muslim regime, the ruling mullahs in Tehran are watching anxiously as an equally fanatical Sunni Muslim terrorist army threatens to overthrow Iran’s Shiite ally in Iraq. However, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has put the Iraqi army on the run, is the most effective and deadliest Islamist group today.
As far as Iran is concerned in that sense, the ISIS is doing Allah’s work as it kills the enemies of Islam, such as Christians and apostates from their Sunni sect, which — unfortunately for Iran — includes Shiites.
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