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Iranians' vigilance defeated enemy’s plot to mire Iran in war like Syria, Afghanistan: Top commander

Advisor to Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Amir Hatami (file photo)

An advisor to Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces says enemies of Iran have failed in their effort to stoke an all-out war in the country due to vigilance of its people.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami made the remark while addressing a military ceremony on Sunday, saying being prepared and getting powerful are the best solutions to keep the country away from a possible war.

“Didn’t enemies want to mire us in a war like Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan? They want to do it even now, but why they failed? Because we have been, and continue to be, ready and vigilant,” the Iranian commander said.

Hatami added, “When they want to impose a war [on a country], they make calculations first, and if it is not in their benefit, they won’t start a war.”

“We must take good advantage of science and technology to establish security in the country. We have used technology in the field of air defense. If we want to be successful in possible future wars, we must pay due attention to technology and science,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Commander of Iran Army's Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard said the country's military experts and technicians have expanded the operational range of the domestically-designed and manufactured Bavar-373 (Belief-373) surface-to-air missile system to 300 kilometers.

He added that Iran has run initial tests on Bavar-373 missile system at an operational range of 300 kilometers praising the country’s progress in the development of air defense systems for high altitudes.

Bavar-373 system can detect targets or planes at more than 300 kilometers, lock in on them at about 250 kilometers, and destroy them at 200 kilometers.

Earlier this month, while addressing a parliamentary session, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said the country has managed to take the path of progress despite all the threats and sanctions, noting that Iran's forward movement has infuriated the enemy.

Raeisi hailed the vigilance of the Iranian people in the face of the enemy’s plots during recent foreign-backed riots across the country, which erupted following the death of a young Iranian woman at hospital days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran.

Raeisi added that the presence of millions of Iranians in the scene in support of the country’s values and their expression of hatred towards the rioters foiled the enemy’s conspiracies.

Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi also said the same day that enemies, particularly the United States and Israel, are working actively in the region to sow discord among regional states, stressing the importance of remaining vigilant in the face of such plots.

He said Iran’s foreign policy is based on the expansion of the best possible relationship with its neighboring countries, adding that “enemies had better avoid any act of adventurism against Iran.”

Vahidi's remarks came after the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces held military exercises codenamed Fatehan-e Khaybar (Conquerors of Khaybar) in the northwestern part of the country, attended by armored, artillery, drone, and electronic warfare units under air cover provided by helicopter gunships.

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