Brig. Gen. Kioumars Heydari, commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces, has vowed to liberate Syria’s Golan Heights, which were occupied by Israel in the 1967 war.
“We chased the enemies up to the Golan Heights, we will soon climb the Golan and bring down the Zionist entity,” Brig. Gen. Heydari said during an address at an Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18.
Last month, the U.S. recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The step was condemned by Russia, Iran, the European Union, the Arab League and even Turkey.
The Iranian commander went on to criticize another decision by the U.S. that recognizes the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. Heydari said that the decision will endanger U.S. troops in the Middle East.
“[The decision] Makes the US military an occupying terrorist force that will not enjoy security anywhere in the world,” Heydari added.
Two days ago, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill designating the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) operating in the Middle East as a terrorist group. The bill was a response to Washington’s recent decision against the IRGC.
Brig. Gen. Heydari’s remarks show that Iran is going to respond to the U.S. hostile foreign policy in the Middle East, which has already put the region to the brink of a new war.