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19:47 | 2012-12-11


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Commander: IRGC Protecting Security in Persian Gulf Mightily

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) lauded Iran's military capability, and said the IRGC is protecting security in the world's most important energy corridor in the Persian Gulf very powerfully.

"The IRGC naval force is honored to be in charge of establishing security in the most vital energy corridor in the region and the world," Commander of the IRGC's Second Naval Zone General Ali Razmjou said on Tuesday.

He further added that the IRGC's "smart presence" in the region has deterred the enemy from materializing its imaginations for controlling and looting the Middle East's resources and energy reserves through military buildup in the region.

The IRGC was appointed to defend the Persian Gulf security in 2008. The Iranian army has been tasked with controlling the Sea of Oman and the Caspian Sea, while the full responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf security has been entrusted to the IRGC.

The Iranian Army Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy have tight cooperation in controlling the country's waterways and protecting Iran's interests inside territorial waters and in the high seas.

Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged even by the foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.