(Newsweek) — The second-in-command of Iran’s most elite force has warned Israel against moves that further threaten Tehran’s interest in the region, especially Syria, where the West and its allies have targeted Syrian government positions.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, said Friday that a war between Iran and Israel would lead to the latter’s total annihilation. Israeli jets have targeted the positions of Iran and its allies in Syria, but Salami said his country was now ready to retaliate at any moment.
“Our fingers are on the trigger and the missiles are ready to launch, at any moment that the enemy wants to start something against us, we will launch,” Salami told a crowd gathered to commemorate the birth of revered Imam Hussein, according to Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency.
“We have learned methods of overcoming our enemies,” he added. “We can target our enemies’ vital interests wherever we want.”