TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Deputy Chief of Iran’s Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari hailed the country’s growing influence in the Middle East and said today, the Islamic Republic has become “the main regional player”.

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“Since the (1979 Islamic) Revolution’s victory, the enemy has imposed and carried out its threats against the revolution and the Establishment,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said in a speech on Wednesday.

“The first failed strategy of the enemy after the revolution was to create ethnic divisions and then they adopted strategies of assassination, isolation of the revolution, and direct military attack on Iran, in which they failed one after another,” he added.

“Today, the Islamic Republic’s position in the world and the region has risen, and the Islamic Republic is the main regional player and they cannot do anything in the region without Iran’s presence,” Sayyari noted.

“We have become a regional power today and are a source of inspiration for the Muslim world,” the commander went on to say.

In relevant remarks back in March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei defended Iran’s influential role in the region, saying that the Islamic Republic has made an essential contribution in defeating Takfiri terrorists.

"The Islamic Republic could liberate the people from these Takfiris in an important part of this region, and these are great results not to be diminished," Ayatollah Khamenei said at the time.

In recent years, the Middle East has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

The terrorist groups, which claim to be Islamic but whose actions are anything but, have been committing heinous crimes not only against non-Muslims, but mostly against Muslims in the region.

The self-proclaimed caliphate of Daesh has recently collapsed in Syria and Iraq after the Arab countries’ forces and their allies, including Iran, managed to recapture the terror group’s last strongholds.