Iran’s Quds Force has mastered the art of diminishing America’s power and influence, Iran’s IRGC commander said on Wednesday.
Speaking with Iran’s Channel 2 television on May 5, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander-in-Chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami called the United States “the most unique empire in human history.”
“Diminishing that power, eroding it, making it void, depleting it from within and forcing it to disintegrate along wide fronts, is a great thing,” he said. “It is a form of art to create power while the enemy invades, and when there is no classic and organized [military] power,” he added.
“Look, this is the art of [the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’] Quds Force. Perhaps it has not been declared so far. This is the art of defeating America’s policy, strategy and power. All together. Quds Force does this. It continues to do this,” he said.
The Quds Force is the branch of the IRGC tasked with unconventional warfare and military intelligence, and it is responsible for the Islamic Republic’s overseas military operations.
According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747, sanctions were imposed on Salami on March 2007.
On 8 April 2019, the US inflicted economic and travel sanctions on the IRGC and organizations, companies, and individuals affiliated with them. Salami said the IRGC was proud that Washington named them as a terrorist group. It was later remarked that Salami was included on the sanctions list as he had been promoted on 21 April commander of the IRGC.
Turning to Israel, Salami threatened the country’s commercial shipping, saying, “A month or two ago, all the vulnerabilities of the Zionist entity [Israel] were demonstrated. For example, it was shown that the commercial shipping of the Zionist regime is vulnerable anywhere in the world.”
On April 13, the Israeli-owned cargo vessel Hyperion Ray sustained light damage in what was believed to have been an Iranian missile strike off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The incident was the third suspected case of an Iranian attack against an Israeli-owned commercial vessel, in the context of a series of reported tit-for-tat strikes at sea between the two countries.
Source » iranbriefing