Defense
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:35
DM: Enemy Striving to Cause Permanent Insecurity in Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that the enemy has seriously tried for decades to make the region insecure, adding that the selfless efforts of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades foiled enemy’s plots.

Lieutenant General Soleimani and other members of the Resistance Front stood firmly against this sinister plot and defeated the enemy, General Hatami said on the sidelines of an exhibition to honor the Resistance Axis.

The Defense Minister said the exhibition displays two things: the wickedness and the crimes of the enemy.  

He added that the members of the Resistance Front succeeded in withstanding all the blasphemy, crimes, money and weapons of the enemy with General Soleimani as the commander and with Iran’s military support.

Hatami emphasized that Iran is equipped much better than before and it will support the air force, navy, civil defense, missile units, and cyber and electronic units of its military to defend the nation and the people of countries to enable them weed out crime and oppression from the world.

In relevant remarks at the same exhibition, Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said security was restored in Iraq and Syria due to the guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, cooperation of religious authorities and endeavors of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Today, security has returned to Iraq and Syria to a great extent thanks to the efforts of Lieutenant General Soleimani and his comrades, the leadership of the Supreme Leader and cooperation of religious authority, Baqeri said during a visit to an exhibition dubbed as ‘End of ISIL Rule and Might of Resistance Front’ in Tehran.

Brave presence of General Qasem Soleimani and his comrades forced ISIL terrorist escape from Iraq and Syria, Baqeri noted.

Terrorists and their cohorts did their best in vain to pose major threat to Iran's security through dominating Iraq and Syria, he added.

Enemies' defeat resulted in national calm to let the country move towards development, General Baqeri said at the exhibition.

He emphasized that the exhibition showcases parts of efforts made by Resistance Front and also Iran's support for the Front to fight plots of the Global Arrogance, regional enemies and terrorist groups.

It also displays the terrorists’ bestiality to endanger security of the regional nations, the commander added.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.

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, 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 ant General Qassem 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.

It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since world war two.

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.

 

 

 

 

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