Iran threatens swift retaliation on US bases


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The Independent Online

Iran's semi-official news agency Fars is reporting the country can destroy nearby US military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic.

Today's report quotes Gen. Ami Ali Hajizadeh of the powerful Revolutionary Guards as saying US bases, and Israel — which he referred to as "occupied territories" — are in range of Iran's missiles and could be struck as a retaliatory measure.

"Measures have been taken so that we could destroy all these bases in the early minutes of an attack," said Hajizadeh, chief of the Guards' airspace division.

Iran and the West are at odds over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and neither Israel nor the U.S. have ruled out a military strike on the country if diplomacy fails to stop its nuclear program.