Dec 30, 2018, 1:26 PM
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US exit from Syria insignificant: Iran top cmdr

Tehran, Dec 30, IRNA – Chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that given the huge number of the US forces currently present in the region, its recent exit from Syria is not a remarkable measure.

Addressing a seminar in the I5anian capital on Sunday, he said Syria stands as an outstanding example of what enemies would do to make the region insecure for nations.

He said enemies caused extreme problems for the legitimate Syrian government by forming the Takfiri terrorists and engineering groups like Daesh (ISIS) which are productions of the western spying agencies.

Referring to the full support they extend to the terrorist groups, he said that they helped the terrorists escape through helicopters even at the siege time.

They also provided the terrorists with the logistic support, the top military official added.

The enemies took over parts of Syria and set up their [military] bases there against the will of the Syrian people and government, he noted.

About relations between Washington and the regional developments, General Baqeri said that the US did whatever it could to defeat Syria’s legitimate government on the pretext of the [Syrian] fight against the Zionist regime of Israel and also friendship with Iran.

He further made a comparison between the recent travel of Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani to Afghanistan and the recently-held visit of the US President Donald Trump to Iraq.

Trump who sees himself as the strongest man in the world visits a secure country like Iraq secretly and through a plane with lights off, but Shamkhani travels to Afghanistan which is more insecure than Iraq through appointment, the general said.

“This is the difference between good and evil,” he stressed.

Touching upon the domestic issues, Baqeri said that the country should take “step forward” and keep the deterrent power strong as the enemies are making new plots against the country day by day.

Despite all dangers and plots, the enemy has lost courage to carry out military threats against the nation, said the military official adding that the Iranian officials today can serve the people under the full security.

At the end of his remarks, Baqeri also talked of the 'Dey 9 Epic' happened across Iran nine years ago.

Millions of people took to the streets in Tehran and several other major cities in 2009 condemning those who were involved in the unrest which was organized by foreign powers in the wake of that year's presidential election which brought to power Iran's former president (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) for the second term that year.

The unrests were later referred to by Ayatollah Khamenei as 'sedition' and the day of the public support for the Islamic establishment was called the 'Dey 9 Epic' (the epic made by Iranians in the ninth day of the 10th month of the Iranian calendar).


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