An Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander underlined preparedness of his troops to fight enemy forces in the Persian Gulf, saying that Iran can stun enemies due to its geographical advantages in the strait of Hormoz. “Even small operations can produce huge effects in the strategic strait of Hormoz and the Persian Gulf,” lieutenant commander of the IRGC’s naval force said on Monday.
General Ali Fadavi noted IRGC’s various plans for upgrading the combat abilities of the Basiji (volunteer) troops in naval warfare, and said, “The number of Basiji troops is not important in these plans; what matters is their qualitative presence because everyone of them can do a great job.”
He declined to provide any further details on the specific role of the Basiji troops in possible engagement with enemy forces in the Persian Gulf, but said that each of them can play the role of martyr Fahmideh.
Hossein Fahmideh was a 13-year-old volunteer who blew up an enemy tank during a martyrdom-seeking operation in the midst of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
Due to a lack of RPG rockets and the sensitive formation of enemy tanks, Fahmideh wrapped himself in a grenade belt and lied under the tank to blow it up.
The IRGC commander said that the aforementioned plans would be staged once enemies dare to attack the country.
“IRGC and Basij have started tight cooperation and the fruit of these plans will be observed when enemies grow so foolish that they embark on posing a threat to Iran in practice,” he said.