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Islamic Republic of Iran says it will “spare no effort” to fight the “terrorist” US military
APR 12, 2019 11:00 AM
BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
“The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran…issued a statement vowing to ‘spare no effort’ in fighting the U.S. military…suggesting the potential of a planned attack against Washington.”
This jihadist country, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, has been hiding a nuclear warehouse in Tehran, despite the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
A couple months ago, Iranian officials boasted that Iran can now build nukes, and Ahmad Khatami, a senior member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, claimed that having a nuclear missile “is vital for Iran to confront the U.S. and its allies.”
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, the highest-ranking branch of the nation’s military, issued a statement vowing to “spare no effort” in fighting the U.S. military on Tuesday, suggesting the potential of a planned attack against Washington.
Like other branches of the Iranian government and military, the General Staff referred to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as a “terrorist” group, a response to the declaration by the U.S. State Department on Monday that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would join the agency’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) for its decades of involvement in terrorist activity worldwide. The Iranian Islamic regime rapidly responded to the declaration – the first of its kind against a state actor – by reciprocally branding the U.S. military a terrorist group.
“The General Staff will spare no effort in supporting the IRGC’s counter-terrorism measures in fighting the terrorist CENTCOM,” a statement from the agency read, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV outlet. “A review of criminal and bloodthirsty America’s adventuristic actions in the region over the past several decades proves the fact that Washington wastes no effort towards destabilizing the West Asia region as a means of creating a comfort zone for the infanticidal Zionist regime [of Israel].”
The statement did not elaborate on how the Israeli government is “infanticidal,” though the accusation has become a recurring one in anti-semitic circles. It also did not specify what it meant by “fighting” – whether the IRGC would deploy in areas where the U.S. military operates and attack its locations.
The IRGC – which has extensive ties to the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah and is believed to have operated on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria – has boasted of attacking and killing American soldiers in the past.
“America has suffered more losses from us than we have suffered losses from them,” Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani, the deputy commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, said in 2017.
Similarly to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, the General Staff also repeated on Tuesday the unsubstantiated claim that the United States created the Sunni Islamic State terrorist group, which Iran, as the world’s largest Shiite-majority country, opposes.
The military claimed to oppose Washington’s “support for terror groups, such as Daesh, al-Qaeda, and al-Nusra [Front], in whose creation and evolution it has, itself, played a central role.”
Labeling the U.S. military a “terrorist organization” was among the first moves the Iranian government made in response to the State Department’s FTO branding, a bizarre move given that the Iranian government does not typically keep a public list of terrorist groups the way the State Department does. Iranian lawmakers approved the move, opening a new session on Tuesday chanting “death to America” and wearing IRGC uniforms in solidarity.
Rouhani and Khamanei both responded to the declaration with belligerent remarks.
“You made another mistake and called the IRGC terrorist; nobody cares what you do,” Rouhani said on Tuesday. “Today, the global arrogance and the United States are venting their animosity and [making up for their ] defeats by calling terrorist a group whose main motto has been fighting terrorism.”
Speaking again n Wednesday, Rouhani called the designation a “foolish and unwise measure” and praised the IRGC as a “defender of freedom” in the Middle East….