- - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Iran paraded military hardware through its capital recently to mark the anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980. The Islamic Republic also used the occasion to warn the United States to stay out of the region or “suffer the consequences.”

“If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust,” reads banner on military truck in missile parade, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Iran’s military chief of staff Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said at the parade that the $38 million, 10-year defense aid package granted to Israel by the United States makes Iran “more determined” to strengthen its military.

“The criminal move [by the United States] to sign an agreement to present a supportive military package to the Zionist regime is a desperate attempt to protect the security vacuum of the regime and makes us more determined to increase our military power,” Gen. Baqheri said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

These comments from an emboldened Iran come on the heels of increased activity by Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist army currently involved in the Syrian Civil War. Supported by Russian arms and equipment captured on the battlefield, Hezbollah may turn its sights on Israel once the war in Syria runs its course.

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