Fresh graduates from Iman Khomeini
University for Naval Science
hold an exercise for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
No date was
given for the photo, found on Khamenei's
personal Web site.
Guard Commander Warns Attack Could Trigger 'World War III' (FARS News Agency,
Islamic Republic of Iran)
Israeli's about to attack Iran? Or are they too frightened to attack due to
Iran's likely response? This news item quotes Iranian military commanders
asserting both, and boasting about Iran's readiness for war and what they say is the inevitable outcome
of such a war: Iran will 'wipe them out of global geographical history.'
TEHRAN: Commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has
warned the United States and the Zionist regime that an attack on Iran would
likely trigger World War III.
Speaking to the Arabic news network Al-Alam on Sunday, General Hajizadeh said that the U.S. and Israeli regimes may not
enter a war with Iran "independent from one another, meaning that whichever
of the two starts a war, it will be joined by the other."
"We see the United States and the Zionist regime
standing fast alongside one another, and it cannot be imagined that the Zionist
regime would initiate war without American support. For this reason, if war
breaks out, we will certainly take the battle to both, and will definitely be
engaged with America's bases.
"In the event, a series of incidents will occur that
will be uncontrollable and unmanageable. Such a war may well turn into a third
world war. That means certain countries will enter the war on the side of or
against, Iran," added the general.
The commander warned that if a war on Iran is waged, "U.S.
bases in countries around us will be targeted, and may even come under attack
by the governments in those very nations.
In recent days, in the face the Israeli regime's continued
and growing threats against the Islamic Republic, Iranian military officials have
stepped up their preparations.
On Saturday, top Revolutionary Guards commander, Major
General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said an enemy invasion
of Iran is possible, but that such a war would end the Zionist regime.
"Owing to the rapidity of the growth and development of
the Islamic Revolution, this cancerous tumor, Israel, is challenging us to war.
But it remains unclear when such a war maight take
place," Jafari said in Tehran on Saturday.
"War may break out. But if the Zionists start
something, it will be the beginning of their own annihilation - the endpoint of
their story," he added.
Jafari also underlined that
"no one would dare wage an extensive ground assault on Iran." The general
said that if the enemy were wise, there wouldn't be any problem, but that,
"there is no guarantee of rationality, so we should be prepared."
Later yesterday, his deputy, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, cautioned that any attack by the Zionist
regime would provide an opportunity for Tehran to wipe the regime off the
"If the Zionists embark on attacking Iran, it will
provide a historic opportunity for the Islamic Revolution to wipe them out of
global geographical history," Salami said Saturday night on state-run TV.
"We are finished being concerned about the Zionist
regime's threats," he said, adding that Israel has bitter memories of its wars
last decade with regional allies of Iran, including Hezbullah and Hamas.
"Given these failures, how does it expect to pose a
threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran?" Salami asked.
In the meantime, Salami underlined Iran's readiness to
confront any aggression. "Our power rests on the basis of our
defensive strategy, the presumption of which is that we will engage in a
massive battle with a U.S.-led coalition."
On Friday, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi warned
that Tehran would reciprocate any aggression with an "immediate, unstoppable"
"We don't feel threatened by the boastful remarks of
Zionist leaders, because they are creatures with deep fears. Knowing that
Iran's response will be fast, immediate and unstoppable, they never cease crying
out," Major General Firouzabadi told reporters,
on the sidelines of military parades on September 21 marking the Week of Sacred
Defense here in Tehran.
"Officials of the Zionist regime have stated their estimates
that military operations against Iran cannot be accomplished by Israel - nor
would it be useful to them," he added. He also said that Iran's armed
forces are unpredictable and that their strategy and actions cannot be foreseen
by its enemies.
Sacred Defense Week, commemorating the sacrifices Iranians
had to make during the eight year way Iraq imposed on Iran during 1980s. It
began on Friday with nationwide parades by units of the Islamic Republic Army,
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Basij
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