Present were Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi, Khameneiís military adviser General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Armed Forces Chief Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, Revolutionary Guards Corps commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Al Qods Brigades chief General Qassem Soleimani. The commanders of the air force, the navy and ground forces were also there.On July 27, just before Friday prayers, Iranís supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called ďtheir last war council.Ē
ďWeíll be at war within weeks,Ē he told the gathering, debkafileís exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose.
Khamenei put before his war council a timeline of weeks for the coming conflict Ė September or October.Each of the participants was tapped to report on the readiness of his branch or sector for shouldering its contingency mission.
Each of the participants was tapped to report on the readiness of his branch or sector for shouldering its contingency mission.
While retaliation had been exhaustively drilled in regular military exercises in the past year, Khamenei ordered the biggest fortification project in Iranís history to save its nuclear program from even the mightiest of Americaís super-weapons. Rocks are being gathered from afar, piled on key nuclear installations, covered with many tons of poured concrete and finally plated with steel.