0913 GMT April 10, 2021
In a meeting of the IRGC Quds Force personnel on Tuesday, Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi said Iran maintains its “mighty advisory presence” in Syria, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He derided attempts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2020 to end the Islamic Republic’s presence in Syria through mounting pressures and uttering threats, saying, “The axis of resistance is present in Syria with the same rigidity, power and, even, higher quality; and they (Israelis) have failed to achieve their objectives.”
The Zionists have in some cases attacked an empty base and region several times and tried to spread false news with psychological operations and media pressures, the commander explained, saying Israel has falsely claimed that tens of the Axis of Resistance forces have been martyred.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, which is a thorn in the eye of the Zionist regime, will continue to play its role vigorously and mightily, Brigadier General Hejazi underlined.
“The Axis of Resistance in Syria and Lebanon is growing and doing its duties more strongly than before,” he said.
The commander further pointed to the US futile attempts for survival in Iraq, plans by US President Joe Biden to reduce the number of American forces in the Middle East, and the removal of Patriot anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia, noting, “This is the beginning of their (the US) exit and expulsion from the region.”
In remarks in May 2020, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the intense hatred among several peoples of the world toward the US because of its support for terrorism, saying the Americans will have to face eviction from Iraq and Syria.
Iran has underlined that it will never forget the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in Iraq and “will definitely deal the reciprocal blow to Americans”.
In January 2020, a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport assassinated Lieutenant General Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC Quds Force. The attack that also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group, along with several others came while Lieutenant General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.