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Iran at peak of its power, says IRGC chief

Commander of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami says Iran has reached the peak of its military and political power and has become a key element in international equations.

“We are at the best power position in the course of the past decades. Iran is today a country with global stretch of influence which no one can ignore or eliminate from any important political and security equations in the world,” said Salami on Saturday.

The general made the remarks in a ceremony to commemorate the late Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, who lost his life alongside president Ebrahim Raeisi in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran last month.

He said that Amirabdollahian had played a major role in elucidating Iran’s military power in the region and in the world through his diplomatic endeavors.

Salami said the late foreign minister’s diplomatic work was key to preparing the conditions for an Iranian military operation, dubbed the True Promise, against Israel in mid-April, which came after Israel bombed Iran’s consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus earlier that month.

“We fired missiles in the True Promise Operation but it wasn’t enough because there was a need for a powerful diplomacy which could relate these missile firings to the legitimacy of an attack,” he said.

In a first of its kind, Iran fired more than 300 missiles and drones on Israeli targets during the True Promise operation.

The operation came amid heightened regional tensions due to the conflict in Palestine, with many expecting the Israeli regime to respond to the Iranian attacks in order to escalate the war in Gaza by spreading it to other parts of the region.

Experts say Iran’s anti-Israel operation changed the military equations in the region and further weakened the position of the Israeli regime and their allies in their ongoing war against Gaza.

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