Leader’s top military aide names Iran as real winner of Afghan, Iraq wars

Senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi

Senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi underlined Iran’s regional influence and power, and said Tehran was the winner of the two recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“The influence, power and clout of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has gone beyond the borders today and it has been able to change the regional and international equations,” Rahim Safavi said, addressing the defense ministry personnel in Tehran on Tuesday.

He referred to the two recent foreign invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and said, “The winner of these two wars was Iran because two big enemies of Iran, that is the Taliban and Saddam, were annihilated by the US and Iran’s geopolitical weight increased.”

Rahim Safavi also pointed to the recent developments in the region, and said the US and its allies have been attempting to overthrow Bashar Assad’s government for the last four years, but the Iran-Russia alliance prevented them from gaining victory.

Also the so-called US-led anti-ISIL coalition doesn’t enjoy enough power to confront the terrorist group and “this is Iran’s advice and recommendations to the Iraqi government which have helped the Arab country’s popular forces fight against the ISIL”, he added.

Iran’s influential role in the region and its assistance to the regional nations in fighting terrorisms has been acknowledged by many regional and international figures.

In relevant remarks late January, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi lauded Iran’s assistance to his country in fighting terrorism, describing Tehran as a reliable military partner.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, al-Abadi said that while the West was slow to deliver help to Iraq, Iran was filling the gap.

“I have received quite sizeable (amounts of) ammunition free of charge. And we have been promised deferred payments on some arms sales to Iraq,” he added.

“They (Iranians) have been prompt in sending us arms and ammunition without even asking for immediate payments,” he said in comments likely to be noted in Washington, which worries about the extent of Iranian influence over its neighbor.

Abadi made a special mention of Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani as an ally against the ISIL.

“We have respect for him and the Iranian establishment,” he said when asked about the role Major General Soleimani played in the fight against the ISIL.

Al-Abadi further underlined that no Iranian soldier was or had been present on Iraqi soil.

In November, Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani said Baghdad remained untouched by ISIL terrorist group due to Iran’s support and assistance.

“The ISIL terrorists sought to surround Baghdad but they failed in reaching their ominous goals thanks to Iran’s supports,” Qa’ani said in North Khorassan province.

Noting that the ISIL terrorists had been left with no more command center and were searching for new shelters, he said ISIL was becoming weaker and weaker day by day and was being annihilated.

By Fars News Agency