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‘Iranian military fully prepared to counter any foreign threat’

TEHRAN – The Iranian Armed Forces are in full preparedness to counter any foreign threat, Army Commander Ahmadreza Pourdastan said on Saturday.

“The powerful Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran are prepared to repel any threat in the region utilizing their defensive and operative capabilities,” Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan stated during a speech in Qazvin, IRNA reported.

He went on to say that the presence of foreign forces in the region, which have monopolized regional oil reserves, has compelled Iran to boost its military might in order to counter any possible threat.

After attacking Afghanistan and Iraq, the Western forces led by the United States now intend to attack Iran, he said.

He added, “The powerful presence of the sacred Islamic Republic of Iran along with the intelligent leadership of the Supreme Leader is the main reason that these evil plans do not lead to any action.”

Pourdastan said, “The strong point of Iran’s system is the principle of velayat-e-faqih (rule of the supreme jurisprudent). As ordered by the Supreme Leader, the Armed Forces’ duty is to act as the impenetrable walls of a castle that prevent the enemy from breaking through it while at the same time not troubling the people inside the castle.”

By supporting the Armed Forces, the brave Iranian nation created an atmosphere which prevented the enemy from entering the battlefield through hot war and compelled them to turn to soft war, he added.

Commenting on the bravery of the 16th Armored Division of Qazvin during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Pourdastan said, “This division is one of the most honorable divisions of the Armed Forces, whose record of operations is full of honor.”

The 16th Armored Division of Qazvin was based in the northeast of the country when 12 Iraqi divisions invaded Iran, but quickly redeployed to the south of the country and actively participated in the first military operations, such as the Ashura, Samen-Alaemeh, Nasr, and Fat’h-ol-mobin operations, he noted.

Pourdastan said, “Today, like during the time of the eight-year Sacred Defense, the 16th Armored Division is vigilant about protecting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders and obeys the Supreme Leader’s orders.

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