General Soleimani: IRGC Quds Force Spearheading Any Confrontation with US

https://cdn4.img.sputniknews.com/images/106220/69/1062206955.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani blasted US President Donald Trump for his hollow threats against Iran, warning that the Quds Force alone is powerful enough to stand against Washington in any possible confrontation without any need to the other Iranian armed forces.

“We are closer to you than what you think. You should know that I am your foe. The Quds Force alone and not all the (Iranian) Armed Forces is enough to be your rival (in any confrontation). You are aware of Iran’s power in asymmetric war,” General Soleimani said, addressing a forum in the Western city of Hamedan on Thursday.

He underlined that Trump’s recent remarks against Iran are not worth response by the Iranian president, and said, “I, as a soldier, respond to Trump. Mr. Trump! How do you dare to threaten us?”

General Soleimani said that the literature that Trump uses to speak with other countries is like the words uttered from the mouth of a person who runs a cabaret or a casino, calling on the US president to ask the country’s spy and security agencies about Washington’s failures against Iran.

“You did every thing you could against Iran in the past 20 years but victory belonged to the Iranian nation,” he underscored.

General Soleimani reminded Trump of the US failures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen and the 33-day war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, and said the US attacked the Taliban with 110 thousand troops but after nearly two decades it is now begging the Taliban for negotiations.

“Ask the ex-commander of your forces in Iraq who he sent to me to ask me to open a window of opportunity by using my influence to stop attacks by Iraqi resistance forces (Mujahedin) on the US soldiers so that they could withdraw from Iraq? Have you forgotten that you had provided adult-size diapers for your battle tank crews? What is your saga and what is the historical background that you rely on for threatening us?”

“You should know that there is not even a single night that we don’t think of destroying you,” he said.

He named Trump as a gambler, and said,

“We are so close to you in places that you might not even think of. Come to us! We are waiting for you. You know that this war (against Iran) means destruction of all of your possibilities. You may start the war, but we decide when it should end.”

“Do not threaten us with killing. We are thirsty for martyrdom and annihilation of arrogant powers,” he said.

General Soleimani reminded Trump of the US awe and military power in the past, and said they have become so weak today that they have resorted to Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group to hit a blow to Iran.

“There was a time when the US enjoyed some awe, when its naval fleet started a voyage, a state would collapse, “but today you have pinned hope on the MKO that has been buried in the wasteland of the history. Have you really pinned hope on a wandering woman that you take from one TV channel to another? Is that all your power,” he asked.

His remarks came after Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri in a statement on Tuesday repeated President Hassan Rouhani’s warning to the US and cautioned Donald Trump to avoid threatening Iran or wait for consequences impossible to imagine.

“As correctly stated in the remarks of our honorable president, the enemies, specially the US, whose deployment centers and interests are accessed by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s overt and covert defense power should not play with lion’s tail otherwise they will be given a strong, unimaginable and regretting response at a very vast extent in the region and the world,” General Baqeri said.

He stressed that history has shown that the Iranian nation has always loved peace and never started any war against other countries, and said,

“Iran, as the superior power in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, has always guaranteed security of shipping in the vital waterway and the global economy and enjoys the power to make any move (it desires) in this region.”

General Baqeri said that the US president who is childishly preparing for new economic and oil sanctions against Iran should know that in case of implementing such policies, the interests of the US and its affiliates will come under target by the Islamic Revolution’s friends in any parts of the world.

General Soleimani Warns US to Stay Away from Iraq’s Hashd Al-Shaabi

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani warned that the Americans would see the “gates of hell” opening to them if they attack Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces), Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Qad Press reported.

A commander of Hashd al-Shaabi quoted General Soleimani as saying that “if the US forces target the Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi Islamic resistance forces, we will open the gates of hell to them”, Iran-based Keyhan daily reported on Tuesday, quoting the report from al-Qad Press.

The US-led coalition has several times in the past few years targeted the Iraqi resistance forces who were the main force in the country’s fight against the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL.

In a latest case, a field commander said on Monday that the US-led coalition artillery units opened fire at a base of the Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Western Anbar.

Al-Qad Press quoted Qassem Mosleh, commander of Hashd al-Shaabi operation in Western Anbar, as saying that the coalition’s artillery units shelled one of the bases of Hashd al-Shaabi in the town of al-Qa’em in Western Anbar.

The source further said that the artillery shelling targeted areas near Hash’s base, adding that Hashd sees the move as an intentional attack on its forces.