The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization says the US is left with no military option to resort to in encountering Iran, and therefore, has changed its approach to avoiding war with the Islamic Republic.
“The Americans have no option in the military sector and they pursue the approach of avoiding war with us,” said Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali, addressing worshipers at Friday Prayers in Tehran.
“That is why we are witnessing a new hybrid model of war from them, in which war occurs at the level of infrastructures, some of which rely on modern technologies that we use,” General Jalali noted.
He explained that civil defense strategies are new, scientific, deep, and layer-by-layer in infrastructure.
“Today, when we see the enemy attacking the fuel system, it is a piece of hybrid warfare pattern in which cyber technology is used to disrupt the system and impose its consequences on the people,” he said.
“The Americans have started a new war with us, known as the hybrid war,” the general reiterated. “This war involves a combination of technological components that can be turned into protest pressure and cut off services needed by the people.”
“Hence, it is a bridge between technology, services, and infrastructure and transferring them to the sphere of people’s lives. So this war has three basic dimensions that we need to pay attention to.
“Service providers need to take passive defense warnings seriously, in which case the accuracy of their actions can be very effective. For example, our hospitals need to have an emergency power generator, and it is not acceptable for a hospital to have its services disrupted by a power outage.”
‘IRGC disgraced US before world’s eyes’
Jalali also said the latest operation conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to release a shipment of US-stolen Iranian oil once again disgraced the US before the world’s eyes.
“On the anniversary of the Day of the Fight against Global Arrogance, we witnessed the confrontation of the heroes of the IRGC Navy with the Americans, which once again showed the humiliation, disgrace and decline of the United States to the world,” he said.
General Jalali noted that the fight between Iran and the US will continue as long as “Iran is Islamic and America is of arrogant nature.”
Most of Washington’s approaches are wrong and doomed to failure, the general said, describing the US as a defeated country that is in its worst period of life.
‘US military in shaky spider web’
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who led the Friday Prayers, also told worshipers that the IRGC’s heavy blow to the US military deflated Washington’s ego and revealed that the US and its military reside in a shaky spider web.
Ayatollah Khatami stressed that the United States has a disgraceful record in Iran and the Islamic world.
“This is the [true] face of America,” he said of the act of piracy. “That is why the people shout ‘down with the US.’”
The IRGC’s Navy released a video on Wednesday showing Iranian forces landing on the deck of a tanker that had seized an Iranian oil shipment in an “act of piracy”. They then navigated the vessel toward Iranian waters. The incident took place on October 25.
Earlier, American forces had confiscated a tanker carrying the cargo of Iranian oil in the strategic Sea of Oman and had transferred its consignment of crude to the IRGC-captured MV Sothys, a Vietnamese-flagged ship.
In a statement, the IRGC said that after the American forces transferred the crude to the second vessel, “timely and powerful” action by the Guards’ servicemen “frustrated the operation by the terrorist US Army’s naval forces to steal the Islamic Republic of Iran's oil in the Sea of Oman.”