The Times of Israel has described speeches by Iranians at a military parade on September 22, the 35th anniversary of the start of the eight-year Iraq-Iran war. Army chief Hassan Firouzabadi scoffed at Republicans in the US opposing the recent nuclear agreement and their threats of a military option. He spoke of Iran's ability to defend itself.
President Rouhani's speech at the parade was carried live on state television. He said his country's military is the most reliable force to take on "terrorists in the region" – a reference, according to the Times of Israel, to the Islamic State (IS). He said that Iranian troops "have helped both Iraq and Syria" in the struggle against IS, and he said that Iran has no military intentions toward other nations."
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