Commander: Iran to Supply Iraq, Syria with Further Military Aid
Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that Tehran is ready to provide its regional allies, Iraq and Syria, with more military aid to fight against the terrorist groups.
“We are cooperating with the friendly states, including Iraq and Syria, and if they want military aid from us, we are ready to supply them and we will support them,” Pourdastan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual nationwide parades at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, South of Tehran on Tuesday morning.
Also asked about the possibility of terrorist groups’ threats against Iran, he said that Iran has full supremacy over them whether in Iraq or Afghanistan and if they dare to approach Iran any closer than a 40km distant from the borders, they will face the Iranian Armed Forces’ crushing response.
In relevant remarks in January, Senior Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi stressed the importance of the regional states’ security to Iran, and said Tehran was providing both Baghdad and Damascus with military advice.
“We assume security in Syria and Iraq as our own security and even view insecurity in Afghanistan as a kind of insecurity in Iran,” Safavi told reporters in Tehran.
“We don’t conceal that we are present in Syria and Iraq as advisors and give advice to Mr. Bashar al-Assad and Mr. Haider al-Abadi,” he added.
Also, in February, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined Iran’s high missile capabilities, and said Tehran had provided Syria, Iraq, Palestine and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group with the needed know-how to produce missiles.
“The IRGC’s Aerospace Force has developed to a stage in the field of missile industries that it can mass-produce different types of short- and mid-range missiles,” Hajizadeh said in Tehran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has helped Iraq, Syria, Palestine and the Lebanese Hezbollah by exporting the technology that it has for the production of missiles and other equipment, and they can now stand against the Zionist regime, the ISIL and other Takfiri groups and cripple them,” he added.
Hajizadeh also stressed Iran’s self-sufficiency in building radar systems and drones, and added that the country had also exported its drone technology and products to other countries.