Iran News Round Up

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A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Will Fulton and Iran Intern Amir Toumaj. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

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Regional Developments


Military and Security

  • IRGC Commander MG Mohammad Ali Jafari threatened Israel and said that an American attack against Syria will turn into “the second Vietnam”:
    • “During the past few years, the American government and some of its allies sought to damage the line of resistance in the region by totally supporting and arming terrorists with various weapons. Currently, it seems that after the miserable defeat of the vicarious war of the terrorists by the resistant Syrian nation, they have turned to direct military threat.”
    • “Despite the numerous bitter experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Americans, in case of a military measure against Syria, will complete the domino of their failure and will experience the most shameful historical defeat. Syria will turn into a field of slaughter and a fiasco much more dangerous than Vietnam, and in reality will turn to a second Vietnam for America.”
    • “The Zionists must know that America’s military attack against Syria will not only not save this imposter regime from the claw of resistance, rather, an attack against Syria means Israel’s imminent destruction.”
    • “The world’s people, especially regional Muslims, have not forgotten America’s false excuse for [its] military attack against Iraq. [It was] there that America attacked this country with the claim of the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and after years of military presence and massacre of thousands of Iraqi civilians and innocents, it announced that it had committed a mistake in its intelligence assessment and such weapons did not have external existence in Iraq. In the end, it was forced to apologize to global public opinion.”
    • “Some regional governments and reactionary Arab regimes that are supporting a military attack against Syria must also know that the fire of this war-seeking will not be limited to Syria and will spread to all warmongers and their supporters.”
  • Head of the Armed Forces General Staff MG Hassan Firouzabadi warned the United States, United Kingdom and Israel:   
    • “Any new operations in the region will be very destructive and will profit no one except the Zionists’ satisfaction, and this large damage will be on human society, and its domain will not be limited to Muslims’ society.”
    • “America, England and the rest of their cooperators will see harm in marching to the region and Syria.” 
  • Representative of the Supreme Leader in Khuzestan Province Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri considered an American strike against Syria as a precursor to the arrival of the Hidden Imam and said, “By implementing these threats, in addition to occupying Syria, the enemy's goal is attacking Iran and Iraq. If divine fate wills it, we will come to the field with [our] lives and hearts.” He added, “In the case of an attack against Syria, we will all set foot on the field as a small soldier, so we give our religion to the Islamic religion like this.” 
  • Artesh Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Commander BG Farzad Esmaili denied the existence of an air defense base in Gheshm Island, Persian Gulf.  


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