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TEHRAN – The deputy commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, made a significant statement in the face of growing tensions between Tehran and Tel Aviv over Syria.

During his recent speech, Salami declared that “the Islamic Army in Syria” in the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel, is waiting for the order to eradicate “the baneful regime” of Israel.

“In Syria an international Islamic Army was formed and the voices of Muslims are heard near the Golan,” he said, quoted by the Times of Israel .

“The orders are expected to eradicate the [Israeli] baneful regime and to end the existence of this regime. The existence of the Zionist regime was never in danger [as much] as today,” added the brigadier general.

According to Salami, “Israel poses a threat […] to every Islamic world. It is a philosophy of establishing that regime.”

He also warned that the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which participates in the Syrian war against Islamist terrorists, has about 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel.

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“We are increasing our power in Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from there with all our power,” said Salami.

On July 8, news surfaced that Syria’s anti-aircraft systems overturned an Israeli Air Force aircraft carrying out attacks on the Tifor airbase (T-4) in Homs province.

Tensions between Israel and Iran have increased recently, with Tel Aviv ‘accusing’ Tehran of being an ally of Damascus and trying to increase its military presence in Syria. Iran has repeatedly denied the presence of its regular troops in Syria, stating that it has only sent its military advisers to help the Syrian government in fighting terrorists. At the same time, in reality, FRN makes its readers aware that advisers can be in significant numbers, and can be armed, and in fact engage in fighting. 

The majority of Middle Eastern countries have cordial relations with Israel with the exception of Iran, Syria and a large and growing sector of Lebanon. Iran, Syria and Hezbollah constitute the Axis of Resistance which opposes and is the only threat to Zionist hegemony in the region whilst other states like Saudi Arabia are warming their relations with Tel Aviv.

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