“The outstanding feature of the Islamic Republic is nothing but popular resistance,” Major General Jafari, who is also the head of Hazrat Baqiatollah al-Azam Cultural and Social Headquarters, said in a speech on Sunday.
“This resistance is also influenced by the spiritual life of our society, the source of which is the blood of the martyrs,” he added.
The commander further pointed to the developments over the past 10 years and said, “All the people of the region are well aware that the most successful model for the progress and prosperity of nations is resistance against the domination of the global arrogance (the US).”
The remarks come against the backdrop of increased tensions between Tehran and Washington after the US forces in Iraq assassinated Iran’s revered commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
General Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha'abi (PMU), and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport on January 3.
The White House and the Pentagon claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.
In the early hours of January 8, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in retaliation for the US move.