A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States has airdropped weapons and food supplies to Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) group in Iraq and Syria as the Takfiri terrorist group was facing defeat.
The second-in-command of the IRGC’s Ground Force, Brigadier General Abdullah Araqi, said on Wednesday that the US had provided logistic support to Daesh in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor and the Iraqi provinces of Diyala, Nineveh and Salahuddin.
“The Americans have been in Syria and Iraq under the pretext of opposing and fighting Daesh, but the reality contravenes the US claim,” the Iranian commander said.
He added that the US, as the patron of Daesh, never hesitated to rush to help the terrorists in Iraq and Syria whenever they faced challenges.
“The Americans do whatever they have in their power to Islamic State group, because they know very well that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the resistance front are the enemies of Daesh,” he concluded.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a branch of Iran’s Armed Forces founded after 1979 Revolution. Whereas the regular military (or Artesh) defends Iran’s borders and maintains internal order, according to the Iranian constitution, the Revolutionary Guard (pasdaran) is intended to protect the country’s Islamic Republic system.
The Revolutionary Guards state that their role in protecting the Islamic system is preventing foreign interference as well as coups by the military or “deviant movements”.
The Revolutionary Guards have roughly 125,000 military personnel including ground, aerospace and naval forces. Its naval forces are now the primary forces tasked with operational control of the Persian Gulf. It also controls the paramilitary Basij militia which has about 90,000 active personnel. Its media arm is Sepah News.
Since its origin as an ideologically driven militia, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has taken a greater role in nearly every aspect of Iranian society. Its expanded social, political, military and economic role under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration—especially during the 2009 presidential election and post-election suppression of protest—has led many Western analysts to argue that its political power has surpassed even that of the Shia clerical system.
The Chief Commander of the Guardians since 2007 is Mohammad Ali Jafari, who was preceded by Yahya Rahim Safavi since 1997.