Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami sounds a strong warning aimed at Iran’s enemies, including the United States and Israel, about the power that is wielded by the country’s military forces.
“The power wielded by [Iran’s] Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Army have provided the country with security today and awarded it with active deterrence capability,” the defense chief said on Sunday in Tehran.
Iran’s enemies, however, have a hard time putting up with this reality, he added.
Nevertheless, they should know this that the Iranian servicemen “will resolutely keep on the path of the country’s martyrs in their purpose to safeguard the nation and Islam” under the command of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Hatami asserted.
Iran’s military forces, he added, will not abandon their struggle until they achieve victory and stand up to the world’s hegemonic powers just like a “solid arm,” the defense minister stated.
The minister was making the remarks at a ceremony held in commemoration of the former deputy chief of the IRGC’s Quds Force, General Mohammad Hejazi, who passed away earlier this month after years of suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used during the Western-backed Iraqi war of the 1980s on Iran.
Hatami noted the late military official’s remarkable contribution to Iran’s advisory support for Syria against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists.
He said it was the late official and Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Quds Force’s former commander, who defeated the US and the terrorists’ efforts to afflict harm on “the roots of Islam and the Islamic Revolution in the region.”
General Soleimani, who used to direct the Iranian support for Damascus, was martyred in an American drone strike against Baghdad early last year. The atrocity came some three years after Tehran’s assistance enabled Syria to defeat the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh.
As a result of the commanders’ endeavor, the regional resistance front has grown into a “an influential force to reckon with” in the face of the Israeli regime and the US, the defense chief concluded.