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All enemy’s plans for Middle East defeated: IRGC commander

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Commander of the IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour (file photo)

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force says all enemy’s plans for the Middle East region have been defeated, urging the country's military forces to boost their power and readiness to deter the enemy.

“All enemy’s plans for the Middle East have been defeated,” Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Monday, adding, “When they saw conditions in Syria and Iraq, they reached the conclusion that if those conditions continued, there would be no sign of Israel. This is why they created Daesh and [other] terrorist groups.”

He added that the resistance forces and Iranian military advisors were eliminating Daesh terrorists hand in hand.

Having witnessed the influential role played by the Iranian forces, the US decided to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization and then it announced that it would just impose sanctions on it, but Washington is sure to suffer another defeat in this regard, the senior IRGC commander said.

Pakpour pointed to enemy’s increasing threats against the country and emphasized that Iranian military forces must adopt measures to improve their capabilities and preparedness “so that the enemy will not make any miscalculation.”

The US Treasury Department announced on October 15 that it was planning to introduce new sanctions against the IRGC as a part of US President Donald Trump’s supposedly new diplomatic offensive against Tehran, which he unveiled on October 13 by refusing to certify the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

In his latest anti-Iran speech, Trump accused the IRGC of destabilizing the Middle East and threatening American interests in the region.

Following Trump’s announcement, the US Treasury added the IRGC to its anti-terrorism sanctions list, claiming in a statement that the elite military force was “providing support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on October 14 slammed the US Treasury Department’s move against the IRGC, saying that Iranian people from all walks of life strongly supported the defenders of the country and the region against terrorism.

“Today, Iranians – boys, girls, men, women – are ALL IRGC,” Zarif said on his official Twitter account.

He added that the Iranian people were “standing firm with those who defend us & the region against aggression & terror.”

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