IRGC Chief Warns Hostile Powers

IRGC Chief Warns Hostile Powers IRGC Chief Warns Hostile Powers

The recent missile attack on armed rebels in the Iraqi Kurdistan region should serve as a warning to hostile powers, says a senior military official.  

"The IRGC's recent retaliation against terrorists is a strong message to the enemies, particularly those who think they can impose their evil intentions on Iran and bully us," Commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying by ISNA on Thursday.    

On September 8, the Guard fired seven missiles at the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, an outlawed armed opposition group based in northern Iraq that says it is fighting for greater autonomy for the minority Kurdish community.

The attack, which was described by officials as a precision strike, resulted in several casualties.

Jafari said the attack was carried out in response to past deadly attacks on Iranian security forces in Iran's Kurdistan region.

"With a range of 2,000 kilometers, our missiles with pinpoint accuracy have given the country a unique ability…to fight [the United States] global arrogance," the official said.

"All those who have forces, bases and equipment within a 2,000-kilometer radius around Iran should know that IRGC missiles are highly precise.”

Iran has often threatened to attack US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes if attacked by the US and its junior partners in the region.

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Thursday dismissed a statement by France's Foreign Ministry, in which it "strongly condemned" the missile strikes and said it was worried by Iran's activities, notably its missile development, Reuters reported.  

"No country will remain silent and compromise on matters of national security and territorial integrity and acts of aggression against its people and its territory," Qasemi said, the ministry website reported.

He noted that the Tehran government had in the past warned Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan authorities about the Iranian group’s terrorist acts and sabotage and had made clear that Iran retains the right to self-defense.

"Time and again Iran has clearly stated its stance on the fight against terrorism in all its forms along its borders by issuing the necessary warnings and will continue this policy with determination."    

Qasemi criticized Paris for its double standards on terrorism and its silence on past terrorist attacks on Iran from Iraqi territory. 

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