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Soleimani: Iran has triumphed in region

"Iran relied on logic during its confrontation with US and benefited from its enemies’ mistakes," the IRGC general declared.

Qassem Soleimani delivered a bombastic speech Monday. (image via Tasnim news agency)

BEIRUT – The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force has delivered a bombastic speech in which he claimed that Tehran has “triumphed” over its enemies in the Middle East.

 

“It is certain that Iran has triumphed in all arenas in the region,” General Qassem Soleimani said during a conference Monday in Qom, one of the preeminent centers for Shiite theological work in the world.

 

The Iranian military heavyweight claimed that without Tehran’s support “ISIS would have imposed [itself] across all of Syria,” while adding that his country’s efforts have foiled all of Washington’s goals in the war-torn country.

 

“Iran relied on logic during its confrontation with US and benefited from its enemies’ mistakes,” he added, according to an Arabic-language translation of his speech prepared by Al-Mayadeen television, which has an editorial line closely supportive of Tehran.

 

“The US worked to ignite wars in the region by supporting terrorists, but victory was on our side,” the Iranian general also said.

 

Despite his proclamation of victories, Soleimani cautioned that Washington would continue to aim to “destabilize Iranian power.”

 

“The US seeks to [achieve] a political, security and military presence as it believes that the Islamic Revolution was and still is the cause of the collapse of their abilities in the region.”

 

“We should be on alert for this,” he warned. 

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. Amin Nasr translated the Arabic-language source material.

Qassem Soleimani delivered a bombastic speech Monday. (image via Tasnim news agency)

“Iran relied on logic during its confrontation with US and benefitted from its enemies’ mistakes.

  • eric von zipper13

    “triumphed”?? I would hardly call it a triumph! In Syria, each time iran has had to call on other resources to back up assad. When assads troops were losing ground.They called in hezbullah. They had initial success and then lost ground. Then Iran started to send in more iranians and again they had success, and then lost ground. They finally asked the russians to help and so far may be seeing success, but the end game is not over yet. My question is that if iran always makes these statements about how good their military is and how they are producing weapons equal to the west. Including a stealthy fighter. So why is it still using old US aircraft the got from the shah? Why have they never used these weapons to support thier troops? If they had those capabilities, they would not need the russians. right? So how is that a triumph?

    May 24, 2016