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Commander vows to retaliate any US action against Iranian drones

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)
Major General Mohammad Baqeri (L) attends an exhibition of Armed Forces' drones in January 2021. (Photo by Fars News)

The Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has warned the US forces against  cooperation with anti-Iranian terrorists in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, stressing Tehran will retaliate against any US's hostile action against Iranian drones as the country has carried out missile and drone attacks on terrorist bases in northern Iraq in recent days.

"If Americans carry out any action against Iranian drones, the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will respond to their hostile measure," Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Friday.

The remarks come as US Central Command (CENTCOM) claimed on Wednesday that it had downed an Iranian military drone near Erbil. The drone "appeared as a threat to CENTCOM forces in the area," it said.

General Baqeri highlighted that Iran is only launching a "harsh" military campaign against "separatist terrorists", adding, "for now, we do not have any action against Americans [on agenda]."

Iranian Armed Forces have "complete and precise" information about US bases in Harir, Erbil, and Duhok, he noted.

The Americans' claim of downing an Iranian military drone proves that the US is cooperating with anti-Iranian terrorists and separatists, said the general, adding they should know that Iran reserves the right to retaliate over their recent action. "We will deal with it at a proper time and place."

Since Saturday, the IRGC ground forces have launched a series of aerial raids on the positions of Iraqi Kurdistan-based terrorist groups, including the so-called Komala Party, which has gained a strong foothold in the region bordering Iran.

Addressing a number of neighboring states which host US military bases, the commander said, "If any hostile measure against the Islamic Republic of Iran, its national security, and its national interests are adopted by American bases in these neighboring states, we will certainly respond to these bases."

Iran's friendship with neighboring states has its own rules and if they are not abided by, these neighbors should expect Iran's logical response, warned the commander.

"We deem confronting any hostile act as our legitimate right," he said, adding that Iran will have a "timely" use of the right.

The IRGC launched the military operations in response to the dispatching of terror teams and a large cache of weapons to western Iranian regions aimed at creating unrest following the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman.

In a statement on Thursday, the IRGC Ground Force said that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.

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