Alwaght-Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the role of Iran’s Armed Forces in combating ISIS terrorist group cannot be ignored.
During a meeting with military commanders in the capital Tehran on Wednesday ahead of National Army Day, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the presence of the Iranian Army and the Armed Forces in the region and their contribution to the fight against “enemies’ seditious acts” and said, “If the Army and the IRGC did not engage in the fight against ISIS, today what had become of the region and neighboring countries and who would rule over them?”
“Each and every single country that was engaged [in the fight] countered [terrorists] and took necessary measures but the role of Iran’s Armed Forces cannot be ignored,” the Leader added.
The Leader said Iran’s Armed Forces were among the “manifestations and elements of national power,” contrary to many countries even those claiming to be advocates of freedom and human rights, where the military is the element of power that counters people, an example of which we see in the Saturday [protests in] Paris.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Armed Forces both in Islam and in the Islamic Republic of Iran are viewed as a “ protection for nations,” noting that’s why enemies are seeking to disrupt the peace of the nation through portraying the Armed Forces agitated.
The Leader said the US made baseless remarks about Iran to undermine the morale of the nation.
“The United States is struggling with thousands of billions of debt and various problems, and despite some years after floods and storms in areas such as Carolina they have not yet been able to deal with these problems, but they are ranting and raving to weaken the morale of the Iranian nation.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei commended the army and the IRGC as well as the unprecedented presence of people in flood-hit areas to help their fellow citizens.
The Leader also underlined the importance of “ever-growing unity” among Iran’s Armed Forces, He also hailed the unity between the Armed Forces and the IRGC in the face of a recent move by the US to blacklist the IRGC.
“Whatever measure that enrages enemy is good and right but all should refrain from any act that emboldens and bolsters enemy,” Ayatollah Khamenei further said.