On cusp of full-scale confrontation: Iranian commander

A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on April 22, 2019 shows Major General Hossein Salami, who was appointed as head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) during an official ceremony in the ca

The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: "We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy," the Fars news agency reported.

Major General Hossein Salami, named head of the force last month, added: "This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution."

The United States has sent further military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what U.S. officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region. 

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