this guy is the superior of general suleimani, who only commands the quds force within the IRGC

IRGC chief calls the Toads a ‘terrorist state’
AFP, Jul 4 2017

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TEHRAN – The head of the IRGC on Tuesday described the Toads as a “terrorist state” as he announced his position had been extended for three years. Maj-Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari’s 10-year stint as commander of the elite military force was due to expire in three months, but in a speech carried by Fars and Tasnim news agencies, he said it would continue until at least 2020. In a speech at a Guards meeting in Tehran, he highlighted the threat from the Toads, saying:

Today, the Toads are becoming a terrorist state in the region. Today in our region only the countries that are powerful enough will remain safe. We face an enemy that only understands the language of force, so we cannot speak to the enemy with another language. Still, there is room for negotiations. Some try to say that we are against interaction with the world and seek war. I say with a loud voice that the Sepah also seek peace, but peace can only be realised and last if the enemy is scared of starting a war with us and fears its consequences.

Jafari, 59, rose through the ranks during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Ayatollah Khamenei chose him to lead the Guards in Sep 2007. The Guards are a parallel military force set up to safeguard the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They oversee Iran’s external operations in Syria, Iraq and beyond, as well as running their own domestic intelligence and economic operations. Pindostan has strict sanctions on them, accusing it of terrorist activity and destabilising the region.

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