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Iran commander: ‘Hezbollah more powerful than Zionist regime’

Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami [File photo]
Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami [File photo]

Israel no longer poses a “dangerous threat” to Iran following Hezbollah’s rise to military prominence, declared the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami.

The Iranian general said that the Islamic Republic had taken the decision to downgrade the threat posed by Israel. His announcement comes on the back of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, declaring victory in Syria today. The Russian air force and Hezbollah troops backed by Iran swung the tide of war in Syria in favour of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Lebanon based military group, Hezbollah, has enhanced its reputation as a formidable force in the region. Despite losing fighters in the conflict, analysts believe it has recruited extensively and acquired new weapons and skills that turn it from a paramilitary group able to wage guerrilla operations into an actual mini-army.

Salami’s remark highlights the growing confidence in Tehran of being able to rely on Hezbollah to confront its enemies in the region. According to Iranian sources, the IRGC commander said that Israel had been removed from the level of a “dangerous threat” as it “is balanced with Hezbollah and Hezbollah has the superior hand in this balance and is more powerful than the Zionist regime.”

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Addressing a forum in Tehran today, Salami stressed that “any new war between Israel and another party, including Hezbollah, threatens the regime’s [Israel’s] survival”. “This shows,” explained Salami, “that the US is in serious decline in its ability to prolong the Zionist regime’s survival.”

In November, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined that any new war in the region will lead to the annihilation of the Zionist regime, an Iranian source reported.

Jafari warned that Lebanon is Israel’s first target, and therefore the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group should be armed against Israel to maintain security in Lebanon.

“This issue is not negotiable and the entire Lebanese nation, except a number of little puppet groups, support Hezbollah’s weapon,” he added

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  • abu antar

    In the Iran Iraq war, the revolutionary guards used children To clear mine fields with their feet . Why would Iran be concerned with the welfare of the Lebanese?

    • Kaminoyona

      Everything that comes from Iran’s mouth is subterfuge.

    • Steve Jobs

      I was 14 in Iran Iraq war and I was in front line, today I’m at 50s if there would be another war I will go and defend my land, now get ur fact right dude.

    • Mata Bakhtiar

      Just like the rest of the ignorant tribe; try to repeat the same rubish: While the anti-revolutionaries inside Iran’s armed forces had degraded the military, both in leadership and weaponary. And while, our country was under total embargo by both the West & the East; purchasing any weapons. This had directly & fundamentally affected the country’s preparedness & the maintenance of the war-efforts against a surprised Iraqi invasion of the country. All in all, it meant Iran had [No] organised & effective military; defending its towns & cities against the invaders: In that, as part of our country’s war-efforts; those waves of human-mine-sweepers became an absolute but necessary defensive lines in our country’s sacred struggle against those sub-human Arabs and their criminal Western protectorates.
      Those stupid & ignorant Sunni-Arabs should remember one thing and one thing alone: Those criminal, Ashkenasi – Zionists [Israel] would have subjugated Lebanon into a little colony by now; had it not been for the heroic and professional actions of the Resistance [Hezbollah] in Lebanon, and Iran, by defult: Be grateful & shut up!

  • Steve Jobs

    Today the reality on the ground is different, it’s Iranian and their allies who are shaping the middle East.

  • Pounce

    Let me get this right , a para military force which numbers 50k at the most , is supposed to be superior than 600k well trained troops of one of the most adavanced battle hardened militaries in the world. Yes Hezbullah has the ability to cause pain but in a full blown conflict with the gloves off they will lose. Just like the last time , when they went crying to the U.N. demanding a ceasefire.