The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday that the Iranian Armed Forces stand by Iraq’s anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in its battle against foreign occupation.
Major General Hossein Salami, in a meeting with PMU chairman Falih al-Fayyadh in Tehran, hailed the resistance group for playing a strategic role in the victory of the Iraqi nation over the Daesh terrorist group and in maintaining the country’s security and stability.
“Real political powers are the field powers and the PMU is extraordinary in this regard and God willing, its power will expand as a defense force on the back of great ideals, strong faith, internal unity and high discipline,” he said, according to Press TV.
Salami described the bond of the resistance and the PMU with the people as key to their success. “You and all of us must be vigilant so that people won't be affected by the psychological warfare waged by the enemy. Although you have put behind the difficult stages of the struggle, you should never neglect the enemy’s tricks.”
“An important part of what we are now calling America's decline on the world stage took place in Iraq. It means that the resistance that was formed in that country has weakened and worn out the Americans, and by raising their costs, it has made them choose between two evils; staying and incurring damage, or leaving and conceding defeat,” he explained.
The IRGC chief stressed that the bond between the IRGC and the MPU is rooted in Islam, regardless of geographical borders.
"We are your supporters in the resistance front and the continuation of this great battle. We hope that the Iraqi parliamentary resolution on the withdrawal of American troops from the country will be materialized in practice and that an independent, sovereign and secure Iraq will continue on its path in the absence of occupiers.”
On January 3, 2020, the US assassinated Iran’s anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the PMU deputy head, in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.
Two days later, Iraqi Parliament unanimously approved a bill, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country.
Since then, however, Washington has been dragging its feet on the pullout and targeting anti-terror groups from time to time.
During Sunday’s meeting, Fayyadh appreciated the support of the Iranian nation and the IRGC for the Iraqi people and the PMU.
“Martyr Soleimani was the one who inspired the PMU. Today, the PMU owes its existence to General Soleimani and the endeavors of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, both of whom sacrificed their lives,” he said. “No power or country – that is a friend of Iraq – can be hostile to the PMU.”
Fall of Israel
Salami on Saturday met with Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy chief of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, in Tehran.
He told Qassem that the stage is set for the “collapse” of Israel in a next war initiated by a mistake on the part of the occupying regime.
The IRGC chief said Hezbollah is not just a military force, but it enjoys a high status among all the Lebanese people as the nation’s main supporter.
The resistance group brings about honor to Lebanon and guarantees the security of its people, he said. "Since Hezbollah was born and raised in the field of jihad (endeavor for the sake of God), the Zionist enemy has been well aware of the scope and depth of its power."
Salami said the power of the resistance front is increasing by the day while that of the enemy is on the decline.
On Wednesday, Israel struck an area in southern Lebanon in response to alleged rocket fire toward the occupied lands.
Two days later, Hezbollah units hit “open fields” near Israeli positions, using “dozens” of rockets. Israeli media said that Hezbollah’s retaliatory rocket attack sent settlers in the occupied Golan Heights and Galilee scrambling to shelters.
“Hezbollah’s recent epic move to stop the Zionist army showed the fake regime's new prime minister that equations are set elsewhere and that nothing has changed,” Salami said.
“The Zionists have clearly realized that if Hezbollah's engine is turned on, they will have to flee the occupied territories.”
Sheikh Qassem appreciated the backing of the Iranian nation, especially the IRGC, for Lebanon’s Islamic resistance.
“Hezbollah and the Lebanese people owe their achievements and success to the support of the Islamic Republic and the sacrifices of the martyrs and resistance fighters, especially Martyr Soleimani, who considered himself a Hezbollah member,” he said.
Sheikh Qassem said Hezbollah's popularity in Lebanon has caused “despair and concern” among the enemies.