TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hussein Baqeri said Monday a series of military exercises carried out recently thwarted threats posed by the enemies.
The drills "displayed Iran’s power, thwarted possible plots, warded off hostile threats posed by the enemies and heartened the Iranian nation,” he said.
Iran witnessed an uptick in tensions created by the imbecile former U.S. president Donald Trump in the two months into his exit from the White House, General Baqeri said, confiding that they also included a series of threats.
His remarks came less than a week after Iran’s Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) wrapped up a series of maneuvers which saw the forces test their armed units during 15 days of exercises.
They were a response to the "irrational U.S. president’s muscle-flexing,” Baqeri said.
"The maneuvers actually displayed the power and readiness of the Islamic Republic and the armed forces to the world and the enemies. They heartened the Iranian nation and resulted in the enemies’ despair.”
After witnessing the Iranian show of force, the commander said, the enemy "announced on several occasions that it had no intention of any invasion, that its actions were defensive, and that it was concerned about the actions that could be taken by Iran’s allies on the martyrdom anniversary of General Soleimani,” General Baqeri added.
Last January, the IRGC fired volleys of ballistic missiles at two American bases in Iraq in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, in Baghdad.
General Soleimani, admired as the region’s most popular anti-terror commander, was targeted in an American drone attack during an official visit to the Iraqi capital.
According to the U.S. Defense Department, more than 110 American forces suffered "traumatic brain injuries” during the Iranian counterstrikes. The IRGC, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans, who perished as a result of the retaliation.