Saturday, June 30, 2012

Iran will set rules of the game in case of military engagement: IRGC

A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic is the military power that will set the rules of engagement if a war breaks out in the region.

IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi on Friday pointed to the Islamic Republic’s self-sufficiency in manufacturing military equipment and its upper hand given the geopolitical conditions in the Persian Gulf region, IRNA reported.
“We have mounted missiles longer than 220 km in range on our vessels -- not the world’s regular and conventional vessels, but very small ones with high speed and great maneuvering and firing capabilities,” Fadavi stated.
The commander referred to the large number of IRGC naval boats in the Persian Gulf as another indication of IRGC’s strength “beyond the enemy’s imagination,” and expressed hope that the navy will be able to equip its vessels with more Iranian-made missiles with a range of 300 km.
Fadavi further rejected the Western description of classical and guerilla warfare, saying that the Iranian forces do not "…need … to play in the enemy's court, and according to their definitions and rules of the game.”
“...At present, the conditions are such that we define the court and set the rules of the game because we are not near the US but they have come to our vicinity in … the Persian Gulf,” he said.

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