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US, regional allies going downhill as Iranian forces march forward, says Iran’s military chief

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)
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri

The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces says the United States and its regional allies are going downhill, all the while Iranian forces are boosting their readiness to counter any threats.

Speaking on Tuesday, Major General Mohammad Baqeri enumerated the US escape from Afghanistan, the beginning of the evacuation of American troops from Iraq and parts of Syria, the reduction of advanced US air defense equipment along the Persian Gulf, and the transfer of US naval forces to territories in southern China as signs of the shift of power in the world.

“We thank God that after a difficult period of past threats, today we are witnessing a period of decline and weakness of the criminal US and its regional followers,” he said.

“Of course, none of these means a decrease of threats or normalization of the situation in relation to the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The top Iranian general also warned that although direct military action has become difficult for Washington and Tel Aviv, they will never abandon conspiring against the Islamic establishment and will always create problems for Iran and its regional partners.

He stressed that the current situation requires the armed forces to remain vigilant more than ever.

“When the threats are obvious, clear, and direct, the method of dealing with them is a little simpler and smoother, but when the threats are accompanied by various complexities and layers, naturally our task is more serious and heavy,” he noted.

“Therefore, our constant duty in the face of threats is to monitor the situation by intelligence services, improve the readiness and operational capability of all command and lower levels, and be prepared for any eventuality.”

‘US, Israel demonstrate most vulnerable face’

Separately on Tuesday, Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, said the Americans and the Israelis are currently in their weakest possible position as they have lost their cohesion.

“Today, the most vulnerable face of the United States and the Zionist regime is in front of us,” he told a press conference.

Jalali further said that the Zionist regime, in full coordination with the Americans, has adopted a strategy of all-out pressure to the brink of war.

“Cyber ​​warfare, acts of sabotage, infiltration, and terrorist operations are what the Zionist regime has defined as operations for itself. We are witnessing a confrontation with the Zionist regime at sea, on the ground, and in technical and industrial sectors,” he added.

IRGC chief: Forces progressing in all fields

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) also gave an account of the ongoing progress made by his forces in all military sectors with the aim of defending the country.

In the naval sector, Major General Hossein Salami said, “we are vastly expanding our maritime reach and power for the fight against great powers, given that they are mainly focused on [presence] at sea.”

Salami then said the IRGC Ground Force is expanding its presence in border areas to establish security there while “truly depicting a glorious display of a defense force on the ground.”

The Iranian general added that the IRGC Aerospace Force is also making progress in the fields of space, missile, air defense, drones, and electronic warfare, as occasionally witnessed by the people through military exercises and field tests.

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