TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “[Iran’s] self-sufficiency in manufacturing advanced surface-to-surface missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, smart bombs, radar and air defense systems, electronic warfare [devices] and other issues correctly proves that we can overcome all problems by relying on domestic capabilities,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a meeting with a group of Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday.
Iran has recently made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and hardware.
The Islamic Republic says its military power poses no threat to other countries and is merely based on the doctrine of deterrence.
Referring to a recent missile attacks on terrorists positions in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, the commander said the IRGC's Qods Headquarters initially provided 60 targets to the Aerospace Division but eventually six missiles were fired at three main targets.
Hajizadeh added that all the missiles hit the targets and completely destroyed the Daesh Takfiri terrorists’ underground bases and tunnels and noted that some pictures of the destroyed tunnels have already been released.
On June 18, the IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missiles into Daesh bases in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr which killed more than 170 Takfiri terrorists, including a number of commanders and senior elements, and inflicted heavy damage on their equipment and systems.
The missile attack came in retaliation for twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.
On June 7, gunmen mounted almost simultaneous assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini. The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assaults.
Hajizadeh also pointed to the US role in the creation of the ongoing challenges in the Middle East and said Iran is currently engaged in a multi-front war.
The US tries to portray the picture it wants of reality rather than reality itself for the public, the IRGC commander said, adding such an image is sometimes intimidating and sometimes very deceitful just like a mirage.
He emphasized that Iran’s hands should not be tied in the face of the enemy’s sanctions and pressure and said the IRGC's suggestion is that the country take retaliatory measures to prevent US pressure and bans.