The commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force’s Airborne Division highlighted the power of the country’s armed forces despite the pressure of anti-Iran sanctions.
“We have been under the pressure of severe sanctions for over 40 years but our armed forces have maintained their power,” Brigadier General Yusuf Qorbani said, speaking at a ceremony in the northern city of Qazvin.
He added that the enemies have provoked chaos in some neighboring countries but they do not dare to think of threatening the Islamic Republic thanks to the strength of the Iranian armed forces.
“Today, our armed forces are known as a deterrent power in the world,” Brigadier General Qorbani stated, adding that Iran launched missiles on Ain al-Asad military base housing US forces in Iraq after the martyrdom of Lt. General Qassem Suleimani and the United States did not dare to react, which shows Iran’s power in the world.
In January 2020, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at two US-run bases in Iraq as part of its promised revenge days after the US military assassinated its Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Suleimani in Baghdad. Iran called the IRGC’s strikes “Operation Martyr Soleimani.”
The missiles targeted an airbase in Iraq’s Erbil as well as the Ain al-Asad airbase in the Arab country’s western province of Anbar, in what Tehran described as a “first slap.”
According to the US Defense Department, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the strike on the US base. Iran, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.
Source: Iranian media (edited by Al-Manar English Website)