IRGC Quds Force deputy commander sees this year as climax of war in Syria

FNA- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani said the end of the Syrian war will come in sight in coming months.

General Qa’ani’s remarks came as the Syrian army is engaged in battles, including in the Northern city of Aleppo, against terrorists and has vowed to rid the country of terrorists.

“This year is the year for determining the fate of the Syrian war,” General Qa’ani said.

The General noted that the terrorist groups have recently sent at least 10,000 militants to Aleppo province in Northern Syria to fight the government forces, and said, “The terrorists have conducted over 30 suicide attacks on the Syrian army and popular forces in the last few days.”

General Qa’ani said that any time that the Americans feel they cannot achieve their goals through military means they resort to negotiations and whenever they realize that they can achieve their goals militarily they deny negotiations.

“The US, Europe, Arab reactionaries and Turkey are all behind the terrorists in Syria,” he added.

General Qa’ani said that the US is looking to compensate its big defeats in Syria.

“Washington launched proxy wars after defeats of the US and Israel in the region; the Takfiri monsters had already existed,” he said implying that Washington did not create them, “but they made some investment on them and brought them to Syria”.

He said that the Syrian war is a war of dignity, whose fate will come in sight this year. “This year is of decsive importance for this war,” he said, and added, “Of course this war will continue and the arrogant powers will not abandon such wars.”

In relevant remarks in late October, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blasted the Western sponsors of the terrorist groups for postponing their defeat in Iraq and Syria on different pretexts.

“Foreign patrons of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria have turned to politicking to save the outfits from a looming defeat in the Arab countries,” Shamkhani said.

He reiterated that the terrorists are declining towards their defeat in Iraq and Syria and thus their supporters have engaged in attempts to delay their defeat through political gambits.

“After their worn-out plans were exposed, the terrorists’ backers are seeking new approaches to change the course of their recurrent defeats,” Shamkhani said, warning regional states and nations to be watchful of such efforts.

The top security official, meantime, lauded the continuous military gains being made by Iraqi and Syrian militaries in the cities of Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, and said, “The ISIL terrorist group is facing disintegration as its members have turned on against its self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he added.