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New Iran Guards Commander says ready to reply to all possible threats

Tehran, Sept 4, IRNA - New Commander of Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) emphasized on Monday IRGC is ready to reply to all possible threats of system's enemies.

Khamenei with General Mohammad Ali Jafari (left)

Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Ja'fari made the comment during his first press conference, reiterating, "Relying on people's support that is organized within military framework, great intelligence superiority, and its missile capabilities, the IRGC is fully ready to defeat any possible aggressive move."

Ja'fari added, "The region has to be cleared off the existence of enemies, and interactions with them (for their allies) should be long distance, since the Muslim peoples of the region cannot tolerate the presence of aliens here."

He said, "The Guard Corps stand by the side of the people and is at their service for reconstruction of the country and establishment of national unity and Islamic solidarity."

The IRGC Commander said in the course of the Revolutionary Guards' rapid progress towards a bright future, the IRGC, side by side of the people, would resist as a strong an invulnerable castle in the face of entire threats posed by enemies.

A reporter asked about the reason why the IRGC commander was changed, and what the analysts have said about the matter. Ja'fari replied, "It is a very common matter at high levels of military forces that after a certain number of years the commanders are changed, and the IRGC, with its very huge dimensions, was in need of a management overhaul after a decade."

He reiterated, "This development had nothing to do with the enemies' threats, or the antagonist comments made by them against IRGC."

In response to another question on IRGC's strategy switch from classical war readiness into irregular combat readiness, he said, "The irregular combats are known as 'Alawi' (named after Imam Ali) wars at IRGC and they are a part of the precious experience we gained in the course of the Iraqi imposed defensive war."

He added, "That was the result of the uneven status of our forces, versus the Ba'thi forces in terms of weapons and facilities." The IRGC Commander added, "Despite the advancement that Revolutionary Guards had gained in military field, the air force and technical status of the enemy was greater than ours in that war, which was why in order to confront them efficiently our forces resorted to irregular combat strategy."

Ja'fari emphasized, "In the future, too, the IRGC would appropriate with the threats and capabilities of the enemy, and in accordance with present defense methods, choose special defense tactics."

Focusing on cultural activities of the military forces, he said, "The armed forces' main task is defending the territorial integrity of the country against the aggressive moves of the enemies from beyond borders, but the IRGC, in accordance with decisions adopted in early years after the victory of Islamic Revolution, confronts any threats against the system and revolution."

The IRGC Commander said that his affiliated organ is a reserve force at the disposal of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Force, adding, "Assisting the other forces to establish security in the country, if deemed as necessary by the Supreme Commander of Forces, is among the other duties of the IRGC."

Elaborating on priorities of the Guard Corps in order to confront the enemies' threats effectively, he added, "IRGC is commissioned to confront the threats, to fight against the cultural onslaught, and to have security and intelligence missions."

On interactions between the IRGC and the other armed forces, Ja'fari said, "The IRGC has had interactions with the Army, the disciplinary forces, and the Intelligence Ministry so far, and with further clarification of our mission and taking lessons from our past conduct, we would have broader interactions with armed forces."

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