IRGC troops march during the annual military parade marking the start of Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq in Tehran, Sept 2015. (Reuters)

September 25, 2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has issued a statement once again threatening Israel on the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and calling for the expulsion of US forces from the Middle East.

In a long statement issued Friday, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has praised Iran’s resistance against Saddam Hussein’s forces for eight years 91980-1988) and has claimed that the war saved the Islamic Republic, which was it said was able to defeat an international conspiracy.

What Iran achieved during the war, the statement says, has helped build a “resistance front” that can grow in power and “with the will of Muslim people can expel America from the region and remove the cancer of the Zionist regime from Islam’s geography.”

The Islamic Republic calls its allies and proxies in the region “the resistance front”. These include Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Palestinian groups in Gaza, Iraqi Shiite militias, Yemen’s Houthis and other affiliated groups.

The IRGC says that the achievement during the war strengthened Islamic forces against Western powers, and mentions Afghanistan as an example, although for years the Islamic Republic viewed the Taliban as a threat.

Iran International

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