On February 11, hundreds of thousands of Iranians participated in nation-wide rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who led an Islamic Revolution.
During one of the rallies, an IRGC commander said that Iran “will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa” to the ground if the US attacks the Islamic Republic.
“The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets. But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Yadollah Javani, the IRGC’s deputy head for political affairs was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), vowed that Iranian military forces will “firmly punish” aggressors who attack Tehran.
“Islamic Iran has reached a level… to protect its borders by effective military capabilities, and firmly punish any aggressor,” he stated.
These statements come amid the growing tensions between Iran and the US-Israeli-led coalition in the Middle East. Hawkish politicians in Washington have been for a long time pushing an idea of military action against Iran. In response, the Islamic Republic is actively boosting its asymmetrical warfare capabilities, which can be used in the event of hot regional war.
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