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News number: 9106061930

16:24 | 2012-09-05

Defence

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Iran Warns US of Arab Proxies' Fragile Support

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran advised the US not to rely much on the support of its Arab allies, given the growing popular uprisings and revolutions sweeping the region.



Addressing a gathering in Iran's Northeastern holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi dismissed the US ability to threaten Iran through the support of its regional allies.

"The US cannot rely on geographical grounds around our country because these countries are either affected by our (Islamic) Revolution or are on the course of a revolution."

"And the US military bases in these countries cannot be much counted on," Fadavi noted.

The commander further dismissed the significance of the US threats against Iran, saying that the threats are part of the US tactic to avoid offense. "The US is threatening us because threatening is a kind of defense and the US is not powerful at present."

Since the start of 2011, the region has witnessed a growing wave of popular protests resulted from the people's growing awareness and vigilance.

Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Libya was the third country touched by the Islamic Awakening. Libyans also embraced victory after months of bloody campaign against the country's dictator, Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

In Yemen, although the people have toppled the dictator and elected a president, the revolution still continues as allies and family members of the former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, still hold key posts in the country and have not been brought to justice.