The Iranian regime is “in a state of war,” the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned on Thursday, according to state-run news agency.
“Today, we are in a state of war,” Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding, “But, this is a soft war, a cultural and political in nature, that is much faster and more dangerous than a military confrontation.”
According to Fars news agency, Jafari added, “The target of this type of war is to question our beliefs and ideals. In a military confrontation, our views were not jeopardized. But, in a psychological war, this is the case and we are witnessing it.”
Jafari, who made the comments at a gathering of IRGC commanders involved in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, also voiced veiled fears over the future of the clerical regime, saying, “This war will not end. Today, we are still fighting the enemy as a continuation of that [Iran-Iraq] war, but in a different form.”
“We must not ignore this issue,” the IRGC commander warned, adding that the psychological war also has casualties for the Iranian regime, apparently referring to the extensive defections in the ranks of the IRGC since the popular protests in 2009.