Iran Under a Threat from a ´Soft War´, Says IRGC Chief (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 08/03/12)
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The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari,
admitted on Friday that the main threat to his country is the “soft
war” being waged against it.
Jafari did not clarify exactly what he meant, but soft war is a term
which usually describes steps such as sanctions, cyber warfare and
espionage activities. In addition to the sanctions that have been
imposed on the Islamic Republic, its computer systems have been hit
by several viruses, and some of its nuclear scientists have been
“Iran is in a sensitive and critical period,” said Jafari, adding
that as such, the Revolutionary Guards must defend the country and
its citizens from the actions of enemy countries that seek to harm
Iran using such “soft” means.
On Wednesday, the United States Congress passed a new package of
sanctions against Iran. The sanctions aim to punish banks, insurance
companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil.
A day earlier, President Barack Obama announced U.S. sanctions
against foreign banks that help Iran sell its oil, specifically
citing China´s Bank of Kunlun and an Iraqi bank.
At the same time, there are ongoing rumors that Israel is planning to
strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy indicated on Thursday that Israel
is likely to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in a matter of weeks.
“If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks,”
he told the New York Times. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/03/12)
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