Commander: IRGC sanctioned by US for victories against ISIL terrorist group

FNA- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour blasted the US for imposing sanctions against the IRGC, noting that Washington is angry for the blows the IRGC has struck at the ISIL terrorist group.

“The resistance forces are annihilating the ISIL on the ground beside the Iranian (military) advisors and when the US witnessed our forces’ effectiveness, it announced that it will put the IRGC in the list of terrorist groups and then they withdrew one step and said that they will impose sanctions against the IRGC but they will fail again,” General Pakpour said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the US, witnessing the ISIL annihilation, resorted to holding an independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region while the world wants an integrated Iraq.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami blasted the US possible plan to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, stressing that actions against an anti-terrorism body would only benefit the terrorists.

General Hatami described the IRGC as the most important anti-terrorism force in the region which is at the frontline of the fight against terrorists, saying that the IRGC has made great sacrifice for the security and peace of the Middle-East.

He noted that the US blacklisting of the IRGC is itself a terrorist move because it will help the terrorists and deteriorate instability in the region and beyond.

Iran’s defense minister noted that Tehran will not allow the US to disrupt regional stability through proxy wars.

He stressed that the Islamic Republic’s three branches of power together with its Armed Forces are united in countering such plots.