The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force has lauded Iran’s ever-increasing power in different fields of defense, saying the enemies have received the Iranian military’s message of strength.
Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said enemies acknowledge the power of Iran’s Armed Forces, including the IRGC, in the air, at sea and on the ground, citing the confession made last year by chief of the United States Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie as an example.
McKenzie had said Iran’s widespread use of drones meant that the US was operating without complete air superiority for the first time since the Korean War.
Enemies have received the message of the Iranian Armed Forces’ power, he said, stressing the need for the country’s forces to “grow stronger every day compared to the previous one.”
He said power did not simply consist of “hardware such as missiles, submarines, armored equipment, drones, and so on.”
“Hardware alone does not possess the [required] efficiency,” he said. “What lends hardware additional quality and efficiency is the spiritual readiness of the human forces and servicemen.”
The commander, meanwhile, specified the fivefold duties of the IRGC’s Ground Force as creating sustainable security and the required infrastructures in parallel besides indigenizing security, closing border loopholes, and helping out the citizens who reside in border areas.
'Standing up to US, IRGC Navy’s source of pride'
Speaking separately, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, commander of the IRGC’s Navy, hailed fighting global arrogance and standing up to the United States as a source of honor for the naval forces under his watch.
The IRGC Navy’s forces defended Iran’s Islamic Revolution by sacrificing their lives. “In exchange [for the losses of life], we had to serve some harsh slaps to the US and the global arrogance, the means of which was provided one after another.”
Tangsiri also reminded how arrogant and “treacherous” powers backed up the army of Saddam Hussein during the former Iraqi dictator’s imposed war of 1980-88 against the Islamic Republic.
“We were victorious during the first three years of the war…, but the Americans saved Saddam from suffering premature defeat” by flooding the Iraqi forces with billions of dollars in arms, the commander said.