If Syria’s frontline defense falls, Iran will be forced to confront terrorist groups inside the country, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.
“Today enemy tries to break through the front,” Pakpour said, Tasnim news agency reported April 10.
“Syria and we try to prevent this,” he said.
“We believe that if Iran fails to defeat terrorists in Syria, it will be forced to fight them inside the country,” the commander said.
He further said that the Islamic Republic “nips any anti-security move in the bud” and does not permit it to become operational.
The Islamic Republic views the Syrian regime as its main strategic ally in the region, as well as part of an “axis of resistance” against Israel. Tehran has always expressed support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Pakpour accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of supporting terrorist groups against Iran.
Saudi Arabia is providing organized financial support to terrorist groups to “endanger Iran’s security,” he said.
The Commander also said that the IRGC Ground Forces will hold a military drill next week.
The three-day military exercise named ‘Security Drill of Great Prophet’ will be held in Sistan and Balouchestan Province and South of Kerman Province in southeastern Iran, South Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran and east of Hormuzgan Province, southern Iran on April 12-14, he said.
The military exercises are aimed at maintaining the preparedness of IRGC forces, displaying the country’s might, and ensuring security, Pakpour added.
He further said that the IRGC Ground Force Airborne Units that have recently been added to the IRGC Ground Force, will have an effective presence at the drill.
Pakpour said that every country displays parts of its capabilities and capacities to the world in military exercises, adding the drills serve as a deterrent factor against enemies.