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IRGC General Says 'US Has Officially Declared Cyberwar' On Iran

Gholamreza Jalali, Head of Iran Civil Defense Organization. File photo

Head of the Islamic Republic Civil Defense Organization says the United States has declared a cyberwar against Iran.

Speaking before the sermons at the Friday Prayer ceremony in Tehran, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali reiterated that the U.S. has "officially declared cyberwar" against the Islamic Republic.

"In the infrastructural layer of the cyberwar," Jalali maintained, "The Americans for the first time announced that they had attacked Iran’s infrastructural layers of marine, energy, natural gas, and electricity, to retaliate for their drone downed by Iranian forces."

Jalali was referring to a U.S. Navy Global Hawk drone that was shot down by the Iranian army missiles, on June 20.

At the time, the Islamic Republic claimed that its forces shot down the drone while it was flying over Iran's airspace territory. However, the U.S. insisted that the drone was flying over international airspace when hit.

Earlier on Thursday, October 24, Jalali had also noted, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has strong and powerful infrastructure to counter cyberattacks and U.S. claims about waging cyberattacks against the Islamic Republic of Iran was a sheer lie."

Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the Washington Post and Associated Press (A.P.) reported at the time that with President Donald Trump'sTrump's blessing, a cyberwar against Iran's military was underway, specifically aiming the IRGC computer system.

The attacks, the Washington Post reported, had disrupted the operation of the Iranian computers that control the Islamic Republic's rockets and missiles.

Nevertheless, Jalali insists that the Islamic Republic prevailed, and the U.S. failed to achieve its goals.

"Today, we are living in a post-triumph--- era, and we are standing at a point where very significant gains have been made," Brigadier General Jalali proudly addressed the gathering of worshippers.

"We managed to define (a new type of) asymmetric deterrence in the defense sector," he added without further elaboration.

On June 22, two cybersecurity companies announced that hackers, "probably related to the Islamic Republic," had intensified their attacks against the U.S. institutions in economic, oil and gas, and governmental sectors.