Iranian Leader’s Military Aide Calls for Armed Forces' Enhanced Readiness for Hybrid Warfare
TEHRAN (FNA)- Top military Aide to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi urged Iranian Armed Forces to boost their preparedness and be geared up for the hybrid warfare waged by the enemies.
“The IRGC should realize the enemy’s strategy and threats,” Major Genera Rahim Safavi said in a meeting with a group of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) officers on Sunday.
He warned that the war the enemies have launched against the Iranian nation at present is a hybrid one with political, economic, cultural and media dimensions.
The former IRGC chief commander further noted that the US has failed to impose a unipolar world order over the past 30 years, adding, “The reasons behind the failure of the US and NATO can be seen in [their] escape from Afghanistan and their imminent withdrawal from Iraq and Syria.”
The top military adviser to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stated that the fact that the Americans escaped from Afghanistan and have reacted passively to the Russia's military operation in Ukraine reveals that the “US power is on the decline".
He said the US has lost its political and economic power and its influence in international developments, adding that the gap between former US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden still exists in the country and would probably show its consequences in the next presidential election.
The senior official noted that the US and its allies have spent trillions of dollars over the past 30 years to expel Western-backed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's occupying forces from Kuwait after the 1991 military attack.
Rahim Safavi emphasized that China and Russia have succeeded in boosting their power in the face of the US decline.
He was echoing Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri's recent remarks that warned against a tough and complicated hybrid warfare that the enemies have waged against Tehran.
In mid-July, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri stressed the need for the constant enhancement of the country’s deterrent power.
The senior general described effective defense power as Iran’s fundamental and crucial need to counter the superpowers seeking to harm the country.
“We are facing harsh and very complicated hybrid warfare. We must gear up for such type of war,” Major General Baqeri warned.
He also noted that the Iranian military units are among the few military forces in the world that encounter hard military threats and security threats at the same time.
Emphasizing the necessity for constant improvement of Iran’s deterrent power, the top general said the Army forces guarding the common border with Afghanistan, the IRGC Ground forces protecting the Southeastern and Northwestern boundaries, and the Police forces are facing armed and non-armed security threats at various arenas.
“Our armed forces must be prepared to counter such threats as well,” the top commander added, cautioning against the heavy investment the enemy has made in the plots to harm Iran.
His remarks came days after US President Joe Biden boasted that Washington may use force to counter Iran's nuclear energy program as a "last resort".
In response, Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi warned the US and the Israeli regime against any adventurist move in the region, and stated that they will be forced to pay a heavy price in case of their slightest mistake.
"The Americans and the Zionists know very well that they will pay the price for using the phrase 'resorting to force' against the Islamic Republic of Iran," General Shekarchi warned.
Iran has repeatedly warned that any mistake by the US and Israel will be met with Tehran's crushing response.
Iranian officials say Washington and Tel Aviv are well aware of Tehran’s capabilities and capacities, and caution that Tehran does not compromise or joke with its national security.