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IRGC terms Iraq’s war against Iran as guarantor of US expulsion from region

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)
A file photo shows Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (2nd L) speaking with soldiers at an undisclosed location during the Iran-Iraq war, in this undated handout image taken from the Leader's website.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has hailed the victorious defense of the Iranian nation during Iraq’s imposed war in the 1980s as an “undeniable truth” and a guarantor of the expulsion of American forces from the region.

In a statement marking the 41st anniversary of the 8-year war, the IRGC said the war cannot be attributed to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as Western media propaganda does, but rather, it was an all-out world war to obliterate the Islamic Revolution and restore their previous domination over the Iranian nation’s destiny.

“The imposed eight-year war against the Iranian nation violated international principles and law and disrupted regional stability,” the IRGC noted.

It said the war’s “devastating effects on regional security with the support of arrogant and domineering powers, led by the terrorist and war-thirsty US government and the cooperation of the reactionary [regimes] of the region with the aggressor, led to the continuation of the aggression as well as other wars in the strategic region of the Persian Gulf and West Asia.”

Iraq waged a war against Iran more than one and a half years after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.

During the war, Iraq was fully supported by the US and its allies, while the same countries denied Iran access to foreign arms.

Each year, on the first day of the national sacred defense week, which marks the beginning of the imposed war, Iran holds military parades and puts on display the latest domestically-manufactured arms and military equipment across the country as a show of might against the backdrop of the US-led arms embargoes.

In its statement, the IRGC noted the achievements of Iran’s historic and sacred defense, saying that establishing stability and national security, boosting the capabilities of the Islamic Iran, producing a spirit of self-confidence and self-reliance, and proving the effectiveness of Iran’s religious and political system are among the accomplishments of the Iranian nation’s victory.

The 8-year sacred defense set up the foundation for the emergence of the axis of Islamic resistance in West Asia and set in motion the decline and defeat of two super-powers of those days, namely the Soviet Union and the United States, the IRGC added.

It also hinted at the “disgraceful escape” of American forces from Afghanistan and expressed optimism that the US would be expelled from the entire region in the near future.

The sacred defense of the Iranian nation “heralds the development of a smart and powerful resistance and the realization of the will of the Islamic Ummah (community) in expelling the US from the region and removing the cancerous tumor of the Zionist regime from the geography of Islam,” it concluded.

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