IRGC Commander: Iran Not Limited to Any Specific Geography for Defense
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said that Iran will not confine itself to a limited geographical region to give response to any possible aggression and threat.
"We will not be limited to any specific geography to defend our security and vital interests and if anyone wants to threaten the interests of this nation and great country, certainly he/she will not find a safe point on Earth," General Salami said on Thursday, addressing a ceremony to deliver an ocean-going warship to the IRGC.
He, meantime, underlined that Iran's strategy has always been defensive, and said, "This means that we are never the first to threaten any country; but this defensive strategy has always been accompanied by offensive tactics."
General Salami described the Persian Gulf as the strong forehead of Iran's defense, and said the world should appreciate the Iranian Armed Forces for establishment of security in "the strategic region of global economy".
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned the enemies and terrorists that they will face a harsh revenge for their crimes against the Iranian nation.
“There is no safe and impenetrable haven for criminals and ill-wishers of the Iranian nation,” Shamkhani wrote on his twitter page.
He warned that the powerful hands of the defenders of the Islamic Republic of Iran "will sooner or later take the breath of any aggressor or criminal', adding that history will witness this claim.
Shamkhani also used the #انتقام_سخت (harsh revenge) in his twitter post (written in Persian language) which had gone viral after the US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in January.
Also, on Monday, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said taking revenge from the United States for its nefarious assassination of General Soleimani will surely take place, and meantime, stressed the need to heed the conspiracies hatched by the US against the Islamic Ummah.
“Taking revenge from the US for Martyr Soleimani will certainly happen,” Hajizadeh said on Monday in his meeting with the visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad Saadoun and his accompanying delegation, and underlined the need to pay attention to the schemes and strategies of the wicked enemies of the Islamic Ummah, specially the US.
Also, on Sunday, General Salami emphasized that Iran will take revenge from the killers of General Soleimani, stressing that martyr Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis played the main role in obliteration of ISIL.
Salami made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad Saadoun, adding that Iran will definitely take revenge for General Soleimani’s blood from murderers on the battlefield.
“Taking revenge has nothing to do with the legal pursuit of the assassination,” he said, adding, “We are sure that the children of the great Iraq will also take revenge for Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis' blood."
"General Soleimani started defeating ISIL from Iraq. Americans could not tolerate his brilliance and decided to kill him," the commander noted.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.
Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.
"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol," Prosecutor-General of Tehran Ali Alqasi Mehr said.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.