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News number: 8709061174

15:36 | 2008-11-26

Defence

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IRGC Commander Terms Basij Deterrent Power

TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Tuesday reiterated the power of Iran's Basij (volunteer) forces, stressing that enemies would never dare to invade Iran because of Basij.



"Even if the enemies surrounded the country, they would not dare to even utter a threat against Iran," he told 50,000 Basij forces at a gathering in Khorasan Razavi Province.

"Today, despite the plots, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the safest country in the region, and the enemies will never dare to invade this country."

Jafari added that the Basij has also become a model for other countries.

"The resistance and perseverance which the Basij has taught the oppressed nations of the world has resulted in repeated defeats of the West," MNA quoted him as saying.

Pointing to the historical decree of Imam Khomeini for the establishment of the Basij force, the IRGC commander said the Basij forces have guaranteed the success of the Islamic Revolution.

Jafari also praised the Basij forces for their sacrifices during the Sacred Defense (the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war).

It is not clear what the outcome of the war would have been if the Basij force had not fought side by side with the Armed Forces, he added.