MEHR: A senior Iranian military commander says Tehran will not hesitate to give a "crushing and decisive" response to Israel if it attacks the country.
Iranian commanders will have a free hand to respond to any possible Israeli attack, Major General Gholam-Ali Rashid, commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Central Headquarters, said in an interview on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the interview, Rashid said former top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani succeeded in making an important achievement in support for the Resistance forces in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, and Syria.
General Soleimani raised hope among the Iraqi and Syrian governments that they were capable of defeating the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group which was a very important step in the fight against terrorism, he added.
General Rashid said former US President Donald Trump accepted responsibility for General Soleimani's assassination to make himself a "national hero."
However, the Iranian commander said, it has been proved that all those who harmed the Islamic Republic have failed to evade punishment and the perpetrators of the crime of General Soleimani's assassination would be punished soon.
General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were assassinated in a US drone strike authorized by then-president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Both commanders were highly revered across the Middle East because of their key role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
Rashid said it was imperative to counter acts of aggression by the US and Israel against nations given the background of the American army occupying Afghanistan and then Iraq at the beginning of the 80s.