Report by RFE/RL
Iranian President Hassan Rohani says his country's military is the most reliable force to take on "terrorists in the region." Rohani said Iranian troops are willing to help both Iraq and Syria in the struggle against Islamic State militants, but insisted Tehran has no military intentions toward other nations.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani with military leaders
(photo by Mehr News Agency)
Rohani's speech at an annual parade on September 22 in Tehran was broadcast live on state TV.
He said that if the "terrorists begin to expand in the region, the only hope will be Iran's army and the Revolutionary Guards."
Iranian soldiers at the annual parade in Tehran (photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)
Rohani said Middle Eastern nations should not put too much faith in "Western powers as their defenders."
Iran has already sent military advisers to both Iraq and Syria to help in the fight with IS militants.
Based on reporting by AP
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