IRGC Commander Touts Corps Ground Force’s ‘Destructive’ Power as US-Iranian Tensions Persist

Middle East

Over the past several weeks, Iran’s Armed Forces have conducted a series of exercises, as tensions between Tehran and Washington show no signs of ending.

Major General Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has stated that if combined, the offensive and defensive power of the IRGC’s ground troops make it a “destructive” force to be reckoned with.

The general pointed out that the IRGC’s ground troops “acquired their offensive power by using different [weapon] systems” and that these troops have “achieved fixed and mobile defence power on the ground against enemies”.

The exercises were the latest in a series of drills that Iran has held over the past few months amid increasing tensions with the US.

In mid-January, hundreds of Iranian scientists urged the IRGC’s Aerospace Force to destroy any US warplanes, especially B-52 bombers, and American warships if they trespass Iran’s borders.

In a letter to IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh signed by 840 university professors, they reportedly referred to him as the “Conquerer of Ayn al-Asad”, in an apparent nod to the IRGC Aerospace Force’s missile strikes on US airbases in Iraq last year.

Tangsiri also insisted that the US “has no option but to withdraw from the Gulf region”, which he said is “home” to Iran and “Muslim countries on the southern rim” of the area.

This was preceded by Iranian…

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