Iran’s army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looking into binoculars, and other senior officers from the Iranian military, visit a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, October 20, 2017. (AP)

April 20, 2019

Iranian militias have imposed Shiite call for prayers in new areas of Deir al-Zour province, after it was imposed on mosques in the cities of al-Bokamal and al-Mayadeen earlier.

Local sources confirmed that the militias built a new chapel in the “Ayyash” district of the eastern suburb of Deir al-Zour and raised the Shiite call for prayers publicly.

The militias have forced both the preachers and imams of al-Mayadeen, al-Bokamal and a number of villages surrounding them to raise the call and threatened the violators with arrest, coinciding with the provision of reward and raising the wages of those committed to the decision.

Iran has stepped up its efforts to spread Shiism in the eastern region of Syria, where it opened a special office in Deir Al-Zour a few days ago to provide salaries and financial rewards to residents of the region in return for their conversion to Iran’s doctrine.

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