IRGC Intelligence Chief: US Expulsion from Region Unchangeable Strategy of Resistance Front
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb said that Iran and other members of the Resistance Front are in full consensus on the expulsion of the American forces from the region.
US expulsion from the region is one of the resistance front's unchangeable strategies, Taeb said on Wednesday, addressing a ceremony held to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
He also praised the nation and the establishment for the achievements made in the country after the revolution.
Taeb elaborated on enemy's strategic defeats against the Iranian nation, saying that the intelligence services of Iran are thoroughly informed of enemy plots.
He also said that the Americans sought to neutralize the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the power and might of the great nation of Iran overcame their intention.
Taeb, meanwhile, said that the Iranian people and authorities all agree that the US is untrustworthy.
He pointed to the US assassination of the top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and his companions in Iraq early last year, and said that the US expulsion from the region is one of the unchangeable strategies of the Resistance Front in the region led by Iran.
Taeb stressed that the US, the Zionist regime, and their tyrants are afraid of Iran's promised harsh revenge for the assassination of the members of the Resistance Front, saying that the fear of revenge will haunt them forever.
The intelligence official added the Americans will no longer be happy in this region, and warned the US-backed regimes in the region that they should also learn from the fate that awaits the American terrorist forces and not expose themselves further to the revolutionary wrath of the Muslim nations.
The head of the IRGC's Intelligence Organization also noted that the world is watching the disgraceful decline of the US, saying that the US power in all aspects is in decline.
He also said that the Iranian nation is preparing itself for the post-American era and its own growing role.
Taeb also hailed people's role in maintaining the country's security, saying that people's role in intelligence has repelled the threats so far.
He added that "God willing we will expand our intelligence control over the enemy and close the way for their infiltration".
He hailed the preparedness of all intelligence apparatuses of the Islamic Republic to tackle the threats as well.
In relevant remarks last Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that expulsion of the American forces from the region is the best way to take revenge for the assassination of former IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
“Ending the US forces’ presence in the region will be the best reaction to this terrorist measure,” Zarif said in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hossein in Tehran.
He appreciated Iraq for pursuing assassination of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis through judicial channels, and expressed the hope that the perpetrators and masterminds of the terrorist attack would be punished for their criminal acts.
During the meeting, the two sides also discussed bilateral ties and regional and international developments.
General Soleimani played an influential role in the battle of Iraqi and Syrian nations against the world’s most notorious Takfiri terror groups, the ISIL and al-Qaeda.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020, upon an order by Trump.
The airstrike also martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi 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, 2020, and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, 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," Alqasi Mehr said at the time.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.
Last month, Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli said that Tehran has asked Interpol to issue a red notice for all perpetrators and masterminds of the assassination of General Soleimani.
“Iran has asked the Interpol for the apprehension of the US president and 47 others in connection with the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, last year,” Esmayeeli announced.
He added that Iran has identified 48 people in connection with the targeted terror attack and that includes US President Donald Trump, Pentagon officials and terrorist American forces in the region.