Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Iran is prepared to launch missiles at US bases throughout the Gulf within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to a commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guards.
In an apparent response to reports that the US has increased its military presence in the Gulf, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ air force said on Wednesday that missiles had been aimed at 35 US military bases in the Gulf as well as targets in Israel, ready to be launched in case of an attack.
“We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack,” said Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Hajizadeh’s remarks were made on the sidelines of a three-day war game, called Great Prophet Seven, which Iranian officials claimed was a show of defence against western pressure, including the US and EU embargo against imports of Iranian oil that came into effect on 1 July.
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