Press TV
September 20, 2010

Speaking at the fifth conference on the study of Iran’s ‘sacred defense’ files, Deputy Commander of Iran’s Armed Forces of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Gholamali Rashid said that under “current threatening conditions” when the US and Israel are “daily beating on their war drums,” it would not be an exaggeration to say that we are on the verge of a potential war in the [near] future.”

Gen. Rashid’s remarks came following his description of threats made by the US and Israel against countries of the region after the “suspicious September 11 incident.”

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Referring to continued US threats against the Islamic Republic in the past 10 years, he reiterated that Iran’s Army and the IRGC are maintaining constant readiness for any given situation.

The IRGC general said one of the signs of threats against the country is the four wars that Israel and the US waged in our region in less than eight years leading to thousands of deaths, millions of homeless and the destruction of infrastructures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine.

He noted that despite all the death and destruction they have brought to Muslims and Muslim countries while calling Islam and Muslims their number one enemy, they have the nerve to deceitfully talk about human rights. These are the reasons behind their insult against Islam’s holy book of Qur’an.

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Rashid also added that he does not think that US military commanders would commit such a strategic mistake of an all-out war, “since they are militarily incapable of waging a ground war against Iran.”

He also expressed doubt about a US aerial or missile attack against Iran, adding that they are well-aware of Iran’s great deterrence capacity, missile power, and enhanced sea defense potentials.

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