Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who is President Rouhani’s pick for the post of Defense Minister, announced that the country has formed 10 quick-reaction brigades to intensify fight against terrorist groups, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“Five quick-reaction brigades have been formed by the Army’s Ground Force and five brigades have been formed in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force to fight against terrorism more seriously,” General Hatami said.
Elsewhere, he warned of enemies’ attempts to decelerate Iran’s progress in the missile industry, and said: “The Defense Ministry’s priority is to strengthen the missile and naval industries, air force, air defense and ground force.”
His remarks came after senior military officials in Tehran stressed that the country is determined to keep on fighting the terrorist groups in the region with no pause.
“We continue to counter the ISIL on all scenes and the most important issue is to take the initiative on these scenes and cleanse the region from the terrorists who have been nurtured by the world arrogance, including the US and Israel,” Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Major General Mostafa Izadi told reporters in Tehran.
Also, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour referred to Iran’s presence in Iraq and Syria at the demand of their governments to provide their military forces with advisory aid, and said: “We entered Iraq and Syria when the terrorists had approached our red lines.”
He said had Iran not sent advisors to Iraq and Syria, its security would have been compromised given the presence of Saudi spy agencies and the terrorists.