The head of Basij volunteer forces says the Islamic Republic of Iran successfully managed to thwart hybrid war planned by 47 foreign spy agencies during the recent foreign-backed riots in the country.
Addressing an event in the capital Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani spoke about recent deadly riots in the country, which claimed many innocent lives, including those of security forces.
“Forty-seven spy agencies launched an all-out hybrid war against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said, adding that “disappointed with face-to-face war,” the enemy opted for “hybrid war” using media and psychological operations to deceive the Iranian nation into going with their tide.
“The riots were supposed to start from the second week of [the Iranian calendar month of] Mehr [early October] concurrent with the opening of schools and universities but it started earlier after an incident,” he said.
Riots broke out immediately after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini collapsed at a police station and died in hospital three days later despite full medical care.
An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization attributed Amini’s death to underlying health issues rather than blows to the head or other vital body organs as misreported by the Western media.
“The enemy has been defeated both in the face-to-face and hybrid wars and both Israelis and Americans have confessed to this,” Soleimani asserted, adding that these incidents are the continuation of US efforts to restore its dominance over Iran which it lost 44 years ago with the victory of the Islamic Revolution
The Iranian nation has always shown “vigilance” in the face of such American-Israeli plots in the past four decades, he stressed.
The remarks came days after Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) issued a joint statement on October 28, pointing to the major role of foreign spy agencies, especially the CIA, in orchestrating the violent riots in Iran.
“Intelligence evidence shows that the CIA had devised an extensive plan with the cooperation of allied spy services and reactionary proxies before the start of the unrest to initiate a nationwide chaos with the aim of committing crimes against the great Iranian nation and the country’s territorial integrity as well as paving the ground for increasing foreign pressures,” reads part of the statement.
According to available information, the statement maintained, “the CIA played the main role” while closely cooperating with the spy services of the UK, the Israeli regime, and Saudi Arabia.
The intelligence bodies also said that enemies planned and implemented a “global media war” against Iran, using TV channels and social media.
It noted that Twitter and Instagram ignored their own regulations to pave the way for ramping up the dissemination of “fake news.”