TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, highlighted Iran’s recent military achievements in the face of the US government and said the American forces will soon have to escape the West Asia region.
In a speech in Tehran on Wednesday night, Major General Rahim Safavi praised the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force as an “honorable” force, which has a serious presence on the scene.
“The IRGC Ground Force… has promoted the grandeur of the Iranian nation in the face of mercenary forces of the US and the Zionist regime,” he noted.
“Our enemies should be aware that our nation is an invincible nation and the leadership of the Islamic Republic is a strong and wise leader,” the top general stated.
“I can assure you that America will soon escape the West Asian region…,” Major General Rahim Safavi went on to say.
The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US after the Islamic Republic shot down an advanced US spy drone over its territorial waters and also recent attacks by Yemeni forces on Saudi oil facilities, with Washington and Riyadh claiming Iran was behind them.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on June 20 that a US spy drone that violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of the day was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan.
The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.
Tensions between the US and Iran escalated further after Yemeni armed forces conducted a large-scale operation against Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil installations in September, in response to the Saudi-led war on their country.
The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement immediately took credit for the attacks, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. Tehran categorically rejected the allegations.