IRGC Commanders: Our Offensive Exercises Constitute Warning to Foreign Powers




Published on Dec 31, 2019

On December 22, 2018, Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV aired a report on a seven-day exercise carried out by the IRGC on the island of Qeshm in southern Iran. The report said that while the exercises are offensive in nature, they are a reaction to recent developments in the Middle East and do not reflect a departure from Iran's strategy of deterrence. The IRGC's commander, Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari, explained that the offensive approach is directed at anybody who attempts to disrupt stability in the region, and that Iran is increasing its readiness for deterrent and offensive action. Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, who is the IRGC's spokesman, said that the exercises are a direct warning to those who support terrorism and an indirect warning to those who allow their territory to be used for the purposes of infiltrating Iran.