Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday lauded the Iranian Armed Forces, including the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), for their efforts and sacrifices to establish security in the country and the region through effective campaign against terrorism.
“What would be the situation our region and neighboring states and who would rule them if the Army and the IRGC did not fight against the ISIL,” Ayatollah Khamenei asked, addressing a meeting with the Iranian Army commanders on the occasion of the Army Day (April 18) in Iran.
He also underlined efforts by the governments and people of the regional states in fighting the terrorist groups, and added that result of the Iranian Armed Forces’ efforts in this campaign favored not just Iranians, but also the regional nations.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for increased unity among the Armed Forces, regarding as favorable the gesture of fraternity between the Army and the IRGC that came after the US’s blatant act against the IRGC in designating the organization as a terrorist entity.
“Any action that infuriates the enemy is appropriate and correct; whereas, any action that makes the enemy more blatant and stronger in spirit must be avoided,” he said.
Congratulating the honorable staff of the Army and their families on the National Day of the Army and Ground Forces in this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei regarded the Armed Forces as symbols and elements of national power.
“Of course, in many countries, even in the countries that claim to advocate freedom and human rights, the Armed Forces are agents of dictators’ authority and confronting the nations, an example of which can be seen in the case of Saturdays in Paris (yellow vests movement),” he said.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution dubbed the Armed Forces as “security guards for the nation” according to the logic of Islam and the Islamic Republic, and went on to say, “During a war, the Armed Forces stand up to the enemy’s invasion with knowledge, experience, and self-sacrifice, defeating the enemy and making it to retreat. At the time of peace, the army brings reassurance and peace of mind to the nation with complete preparedness and efficacy. That is why the enemies seek to disturb the people’s peace of mind by presenting the Armed Forces as distressed.”
He also referred to the relief operation by the Army and the Armed Forces for the people during natural disasters as an effective and vital involvement, and asserted, “In the recent floods, the Armed Forces engaged in assisting the people with their full potentials and capacities, to the point that in the province of Golestan the Army presented themselves in the area even before the Crisis Management Organization.”
Iran has played a military advisory role in Syria and Iraq to help them get rid of the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL, which had occupied large territories of both countries.