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2021-November-21  15:54

IRGC Navy Commander: US Slapped 9 Times by Iran in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri underlined that Iranian forces have slapped the Americans 9 times during confrontations in the Persian Gulf, including six in the past 18 months.

Admiral Tangsiri made the remarks at a gathering of Basij students at the former US embassy compound in Tehran while referring to the period since the US assassination of Iran's anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

The admiral said the IRGC Navy has sustained 9 deaths in confrontations against the US in the Persian Gulf, "and thanks God, we have given them 9 unforgettable slaps, that is one for each of our martyrs that has lost his life in direct battle against the Americans, some of which have not been revealed to the media for certain considerations".

"They have come to realize the Islamic Republic's superiority in the sea," he added.

The IRGC Navy commander also pointed out that six of these defeats have been sustained by the Americans in one and a half years.

He cited the IRGC Navy's intervention last month to prevent US forces from stealing an Iranian oil cargo in the Sea of Oman in a dramatic operation that involved Iranian forces rappelling to the ship's deck, calling it the latest slap.  

“The tanker was carrying Iranian oil, but with the support of the Americans, it was refusing to deliver its cargo to our country; of course, this was the second ship we confiscated and the previous one was not reported,” the IRGC Navy commander pointed out.

Six Iranian speed boats and two vessels were then dispatched to the scene, warning away a US helicopter which fired chaff as it fled, thinking it might be targeted by Iranian missiles, Admiral Tangsiri said. 

In relevant remarks in August, Rear Admiral Tangsiri said that Iran was watchfully monitoring the traffic of all vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, and stressed full security in all water borders of the Persian Gulf.

"There is full security in all water borders of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and we always stand ready to ensure the security of the Islamic Republic's interests in international waters,” Rear Admiral Tangsiri said.

He added that Iran fully monitors the movements of every vessel that enters or exits the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The commander emphasized that the enemy knows that its movements are being under watch and it will receive a serious warning if it carries out the slightest act of violation.

The IRGC Navy commander said Muslim countries of the Persian Gulf are responsible to maintain the region's security and do not need foreign powers in this regard, adding, “The Persian Gulf is our home and not a place for foreigners.”

The IRGC is very serious in safeguarding the Islamic Republic’s interests and its borders, Rear Admiral Tangsiri said, emphasizing, “We do not take any chances with anyone in this regard. We stand firm and we will stand until our last breath."