Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he is proud to see that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has grown into a major regional power.

“The IRGC could make progress during the war (i.e. the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran) and become the great power of the region,” the president said, addressing a meeting with war veterans in the Southwestern Khuzestan province Wednesday evening.

The president said the IRGC was not equipped with good military tools, weapons, systems and structures when it was born at the beginning of the war, but it has now grown into such a great power that it has become a source of honor and pride.