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Iran’s True Promise ushers in new era for region with global strategic implications: Baqeri

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri (C) and Iranian Army Chief Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi (R)

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has stressed that Iran’s recent retaliatory strikes on the Israeli-occupied territories have had “strategic" impacts both on the region and the world.

“The situation in the region has changed ...  after Iran’s retaliatory and punitive action against the sensitive areas and military bases of the Zionist regime,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri said in an event on Tuesday.

He hailed the victorious operation that was conducted in response to the Israeli crimes, noting that it manifested national willpower against the occupying regime and had “strategic effects at the regional and global levels.”

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched extensive missile and drone strikes earlier this month on the Israeli-occupied territories. The retaliatory strikes, dubbed Operation True Promise, inflicted damage on Israeli military bases across the occupied lands.

The operation came after the Israeli attack on April 1 against the Iranian consulate in Damascus, located next to the embassy building in Damascus’s Mezzeh district.

The airstrike killed two senior Iranian military personnel who were on an advisory mission to Syria as well as five of their accompanying officers.

Addressing a group of high-ranking Iranian military commanders and figures in the capital Tehran on Sunday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei lauded the Iranian Armed Forces for displaying a commendable image of strength and military prowess in the wake of Operation True Promise, stating they created a feeling of glory about the Islamic nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian forces have sincerely and successfully managed to present a great image of their power, abilities and authority after punishing Israel, exhibited a commendable picture of the Iranian nation, and proved the emergence of Iranians' willpower in the international arena.

Iran has vowed to serve a “stronger response” to any further Israeli act of aggression against the country or its interests.

“Iran provided a decisive and legitimate response to an illegal action by the [Israeli] regime against [our] diplomatic premises that took place in violation of the international laws,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said in a weekly press conference on Monday.

“But if another mistake takes place, Iran’s response will be stronger,” he asserted.

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