IRAN: WE´LL DESTROY 35 U.S. BASES IF ATTACKED / Saber-rattling intensifies after calling American warships ´easy´ targets (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by F. MICHAEL MALOOF BEIRUT, Lebanon 07/05/12)
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BEIRUT, Lebanon – Amid declarations by Iranian officials that U.S.
warships are “easy” targets, the commander of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force said he has “detailed
contingency plans to hit 35 U.S. bases in the region in the early
minutes of a possible conflict.”
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh boasted the U.S. bases around
Iran are “within the reach of our missiles.”
Palestinian lands, he added, referring to Israel, “are good targets
for us as well.”
His comments come as other high-ranking Iranian officials similarly
have warned that U.S. warships would be “easy” targets if Israel or
the U.S. attacks Iran’s nuclear sites.
The ratcheting up of saber-rattling rhetoric follows the lack of any
agreement from recent talks in Moscow over Iran’s nuclear program.
The talks in Moscow included Britain, China, France, Russia and the
U.S., along with Germany, known as the P5+1.
The countries also make up the United Nations Security Council.
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U.S., Israel done with diplomacy?
While Moscow believes progress was made at the latest round of talks
about how to respond to Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. and Israel
have concluded diplomacy has run its course.
That conclusion has raised considerably the possibility the West will
exercise the military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities,
prompting the flurry of warnings from high-level Iranian military
“We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to
destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack,”
He was referring to the contingency plans Iran would implement should
either Israel or the U.S. attack.
He said the purpose of current IRGC missile war games in the Gulf is
to practice targeting a single “hypothetical enemy airbase,” which is
said to be a replica of U.S. bases in the region.
The IRGC war games, which commenced earlier this week, are dubbed
Payambar-e Azam 7, or Great Prophet 7.
During the exercise, IRGC units reportedly are firing tens of Shahab
1, 2 and 3, Fateh, Qiyam and Zelzal missiles at the “hypothetical”
enemy air base. The missile firings were conducted in Iran’s Lut
‘Opportunity’ for attack
Hajizadeh said the U.S. military bases in the region “are no threat –
rather, we view them as an opportunity” for attack.
Iran not only has threatened to hit U.S. bases and Israeli targets in
the region but has vowed to close the Strait of Hormuz. Anticipating
U.S. warships would respond, high-level Iranian military officials in
recent days have warned that the ships would be “easy” targets.
The warning against U.S. warships that patrol the Persian Gulf and
the Strait of Hormuz came from General Morteza Miriyan, the deputy
lieutenant commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Ground
Force for Operations.
He said more than 3,000 boats and dhows are trafficking, fishing and
doing trade in the regional waters, and “they always go past the U.S.
military ships from close distances.”
“Now, the question is, how does the U.S. want to fight with us, while
we enjoy such a backup?”
To back up the claim, sources tell WND that Iran just tested a
supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile, called the Khalij-e-Fars, or
Persian Gulf, during the Payambar-e Azam 7 military war games. The
test was 100-percent successful.
The sources added that the missile hit and destroyed specified
targets in the last phase of the drills.
Hajizadeh said the Persian Gulf missile “precisely hit and destroyed
the target which was several times smaller than the marine targets
which can pose a threat.”
Of all the missiles fired during the test, the Persian Gulf was the
last missile drill during the three-day exercise.
The supersonic missile can carry a 650-kilogram warhead and, sources
say, is “immune to interception and features high-precision systems.”
Threat to close Hormuz
In underscoring Iran’s capabilities, Miriyan said Iran “enjoys the
needed capability to have tough and serious confrontation against
enemy threats at all levels and make them regret for their aggressive
“Iran’s enemies are much more vulnerable today than ever because
regional uprisings have been waged under the impression and
inspirations of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, and this has caused
popular support for the Islamic Republic in the region,” he said.
Miriyan also extended the threat to Israel in a speech he gave to
tens of thousands of people at the Imam Khomeini mausoleum to mark
the 23rd anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic
Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini.
“The leaders of the Zionist regime (Israel) are well aware that they
are more vulnerable today than any other time and that every misstep
and every inappropriate move will strike them like a thunderbolt,” he
said, adding that Israel’s threats to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites shows
that the Israeli leadership is “deeply fearful of Iran’s power.”
Minyan said Israel and its ally, the U.S., accuse Iran of seeking a
nuclear weapon, while they “have never presented any corroborative
document to substantiate their allegations.”
The Islamic Republic also has warned that it could close the
strategic Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of military action
over its nuclear program.
Some 40 percent of trade and oil shipments transit the strait. The
U.S. Navy has assessed that Iran is capable of shutting down the
narrow strait either by sinking ships or planting mines.
At the same time, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of state of the
Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense, also sounded a
similar warning of a counter attack with “multidimensional and
massive attacks if necessary.”
While Jazayeri insisted Iran’s military doctrine is defensive, he
said there are “certain elements to this doctrine so as not to be a
mere defender against threats, and if we are attacked, we will also
Sources tell WND that if attacked, Iran will undertake a “swarm”
offensive, launching its missiles at various targets and “swarming”
hundreds of small hit-and-run speed boats aimed at U.S. warships.
These vessels can either carry torpedoes or be loaded with explosives
for suicide missions.
“With 50 small boats coming from this direction and 50 from the
opposite direction and 50 from yet another direction, there is no way
for that warship to escape,” one source associated with the Iranians
gesturing with his hands told WND.
The source added “swarming” is a type of asymmetrical warfare tactic
that Iran will use against a superior U.S. military force.
Iranian officials have indicated they could launch as many as 3,000
small vessels at the same time against U.S. warships, creating
the “swarm” effect. Sources tell WND many of these small but fast
vessels are capable of carrying torpedoes that can be launched into
the water at considerable distances aimed at the U.S. warships.
One such torpedo of concern that the Iranians are assessed to have is
the Hoot, the Iranian version of the VA-111 Shkval, a Russian
designed super-cavitating torpedo capable of doing 200 knots an hour.
The torpedo exceeds the speed of any torpedo in the inventory of
countries belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but
there has not yet been a weapon developed to counter it.
Sources add that the Iranians have torpedo tubes which are 533
millimeters in diameter, the size needed for the Shkval. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 07/05/12)
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