General Esmaeil: Our enemies only understand language of force

The Islamic Republic must stand fast in the face of its enemies as they only understand the language of force, says the new commander of the Quds Force General Esmaeil.

“Our enemies only understand the language of force and this is why we must maintain our ground against them,” Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani said while speaking in his induction ceremony in Tehran on Monday.

Describing the United States as the source of enmity, wickedness and mischief against Iran, the new commander said, “If we fulfill our duty in an appropriate manner, all threats can be turned into opportunities.”

Qa’ani was appointed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei following the assassination by US terrorists of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his companions in a vicious, cowardly airstrike outside the Baghdad International Airport.

In the statement, the Leader described Qa’ani as one of the IRGC’s most prominent commanders during Saddam Hussein’s imposed war on Iran, which lasted eight years starting in 1980.

Qa’ani was serving as the Quds Force’s deputy commander prior to the new appointment on Friday.

Stressing that the enemies martyred Soleimani in an unmagnanimous manner, Qa’ani said, “They were not ‘the man of battlefields’ to engage with Haj Qassem in that field; they martyred our high-ranking commander at the zenith of disingenuity, but with the grace of God and the perseverance of all valiant men across the world, we will strike back at his enemy.”

Pointing to the notion that the sole way of overcoming enemies is through resilience and resistance, the new head of the IRGC’s Quds Force said, “The bright path on which Haj Qassem stepped foot with strength and authority will be continued with steadfastness.”

On January 3, the United States assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and a group of their companions in Baghdad. The cowardly operation was conducted under US President Donald Trump’s direction. The US Department of Defense took responsibility for the assassination.

Both commanders enjoyed deep reverence among Muslim nations over their endeavors in eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.


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