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IRGC chief: US is fleeing region, has been marginalized more than ever

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)
This file photo shows Chief Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami speaking at an exhibition on the strategic achievements of the IRGC in Tehran on September 20, 2021. (by Fars news agency)

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States is fleeing from the region due to resistance of regional nations and has no more room to operate in West Asia.

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks while addressing a ceremony on Thursday, saying, “In the political battle [with the West], Islam and Muslims have emerged victorious and this is a reality... A proof [to this reality] is the humiliating escape of the [American] enemy from Afghanistan.”

The IRGC chief commander added, “The [global] arrogance is fleeing the region as it has no more room to operate in the [West Asia] region, and the US has been marginalized more than ever before.”

Drawing attention to the formation of resistance movements in all parts of the Muslim world, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan, Salami argued that as a result of that, the enemy forces’ morale has plummeted and they have become frustrated.

The IRGC's top commander noted that in today's world, realities cannot be hidden anymore and every development is being reported to the entire globe in real time.

“The fact of the matter is that Islamic territories are not a safe place for the enemies and Islam does not allow Muslims” to let the region be a safe place for the enemies, General Salami said.

The IRGC chief further stated that “we are in the final stages of the resistance and this juncture has always been difficult, but the Iranian nation is certainly about to score a great triumph.”

‘Americans left Afghanistan in disgrace’

In similar remarks a day earlier, a former chief of the IRGC said the Americans “left Afghanistan in disgrace” twenty years after their invasion of the country, expressing hope that they will be soon expelled from Iraq and Syria as well.

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, who served as the IRGC chief commander from 1997 to 2007, lauded Iran’s military power, saying three major wars broke out near the country's territory but it remained unaltered.

Also, “the Daesh project was defeated and the Islamic resistance front, led by [late founder of the Islamic Republic] Imam Khamenei emerged victorious,” said Rahim Safavi, who currently serves as a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

He also mentioned the US assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in early 2020, saying Iran became the only country to dare target a major American base since the Second World War.

The general was making a reference to the IRGC’s targeting of Ain al-Asad in al Anbar Governorate, western Iraq, in an operation to avenge the assassination of General Soleimani.

“No one had dared do so since the Second World War,” he asserted, adding, “But our dear and powerful Leader has stood up to the United States and the Zionists.”

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