IRGC Commander: Muslim Nations' Defense Power Reinforced by Qods Force
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami said that the IRGC Qods Force strengthened the Islamic states' resistance and defense power against arrogant powers.
General Salami made the remarks in a ceremony to introduce the new second-in-command of the Qods Force, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh, who succeeded the late commander of the force, Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi.
He said the IRGC Qods Force has crushed the enemy’s focal points by building power in Islamic lands through expanding anti-arrogance resistance, adding that the Force has shattered the power of global arrogance by promoting the defensive power of the Muslim world.
Pointing to the philosophy of the Qods Force, the IRGC commander-in-chief said that building power in Islamic lands and breaking the enemy's focal points are among the functions of this force.
He lauded the powerful IRGC Qods Force, and said the force has proved that the philosophy, basis and purpose of its formation has been completely accurate, as it has duly targeted and defeated the global arrogance that pursued and plotted to break up the Islamic world and attack its countries.
The arrogant front dreamed of attacking and defeating each component of the Islamic world independently in order to seize their land and establish a rich and high-capacity geography to use it for its survival on a global scale, he added.
The Qods Force did not allow the break-up of the components of the Islamic world and instead connected the defense arrays of Muslim countries and prevented the defeat of the Islamic world against the arrogant powers, which has been obvious during the past decades, specially the last one.
“If it were not for this huge force … the ISIL, which is like a dangerous political virus, would now prevail the world,” he said.
In his remarks, General Salami also praised the late commander of the Qods Force General Qassem Soleimani for his decisive role in confronting the ISIL while supporting diplomacy through reinforcing the Islamic Republic’s power.
“If Hajj Qassem had not stood, the ISIL would have infiltrated this land and other lands today,” he said.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces 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 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.