Commander: Enemies Called Off Repeated Invasion Plans due to Iran’s Deterrence Power

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari stressed that Iran enjoys such a high level of deterrence power and might that the enemies have several times withdrawn their plans for attacking the country.
“Today the IRGC enjoys three powerful air, ground and naval forces and the enemy has also acknowledged this capability,” Jafari told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

He underlined that the IRGC and the Army have tight cooperation in defending the country against foreign threats.

Jafari said after the Iraqi-imposed war against Iran (1980-1988), the enemy has several times sought to threaten Iran, although he did not mention if by enemy he meant the US. “But they withdrew their plans given the preparedness of the Armed Forces and the people, and this means deterrence.”

Iran’s IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari

In relevant remarks in August, Jafari said enemies did not dare to attack Iran because they were well aware of the Iranian Armed Forces’ preparedness, although he said the enemies would grow fool enough to launch war on Iran some day.

“We hold no doubt that one day we will be in war with the sworn enemies of the Islamic Revolution in the region, of course, we will not be the initiator of that war. This battle will take place and hence we should be fully prepared for that day,” General Jafari said during a visit to Basij (volunteer) battalions in Isfahan province.

The IRGC commander told the Ashura, Beitol Moqaddas, Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Hossein (AS) battalions of Basij present in the gathering that “today, Basiji forces are fully prepared in different fields of threat and this readiness is known to the enemies and they are aware of it more than anyone else”.

“The full-fledged preparedness of the Basij forces is to such an extent that enemies do not even dare to give a dirty look to Iran.”

General Jafari noted that the enemies’ threats against Iran were not merely military and, on the same basis, Basiji forces were duty-bound to gain complete preparedness in different arenas.

In similar remarks in August, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said preparedness, might and power of his forces had intimidated Iran’s enemies so deeply that they did not dare to even think of adopting hostile policies against the country.

Speaking during a visit to the different parts of the specialized logistics center of the IRGC Navy in the Southern province of Fars, Fadavi said as a result of the struggles and round-the-clock efforts made by the IRGC naval forces, “the Islamic Republic of Iran’s naval defense structure has grown so powerful that it has discouraged the enemy from even thinking about hegemony or bullying against Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz region”.

He said that the moves made by the IRGC Navy, which started in the Iraqi-imposed war, the war of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the direct confrontation with the US Navy and continued with asymmetric tactics in recent years, had contributed much to Iran’s deterrence power in recent years and sew fear in the heart of the enemies.

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