Iran: US, Israeli Bases Not Out of Our Range

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Tehran – Amid stepped up war rhetoric against Iran, a senior Iranian military commander Monday warned that the US and Israeli bases will not be out of range for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) anywhere in the world.

“Wherever Americans, Britons, Zionists and [their] allies have been present to implement a new plot and scenario against the Islamic world, the IRGC has been there and foiled or disclosed their conspiracy,” the IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying by the Press TV. 

“The IRGC, whose Navy has turned into a security puzzle for the enemy in the Persian Gulf, builds … an impenetrable deterrent defense force … at the heart of the enemy at sea,” he added. 

The Iranian commander emphasized that the IRGC and Basij Forces have turned into a unique invincible power for the Islamic resistance, not only in Iran, but also in all Muslim territories, which thwart the enemies’ plots.

Earlier on Sunday, Salami said the Islamic Republic can annihilate the Zionist regime of Israel in 24 hours. 

“A regime [with a frontier] that in some spots is only 24 kilometers wide could have its back broken by one of our infantry battalions in 24 hours,” he added. 

Israel is stepping up threats of carrying out a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities before the US presidential election on November 6. However, the US opposes any Israeli military action at the current juncture. 

Meanwhile President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has censured the Israeli war rhetoric against his country, saying the Iranian nation will defend itself against any potential attack.

“Any nation has the right to, and will indeed, defend herself,” Ahmadinejad said in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Sunday. “The response of Iran [to an Israeli attack] is quite clear, I don’t even need to explain that.” 

The Iranian chief executive blasted the threats by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a military strike against the Islamic Republic. 

“But my question is this: Why should the world be managed in such a way that an individual can allow himself to threaten a rich and deeply-rooted historical and ancient country, such as Iran – a great country, such as Iran – based on an excuse of his own fabrication,” Ahmadinejad asked.

Asked if a military conflict with Israel was imminent, he said, “The Zionists are very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things and I think they see themselves at the end of the line and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors.”

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