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An Iranian short-range missile (Fateh) launched during the second day of military exercises. A top Iranian military commander says Israel are good targets for them. AFP photo

An Iranian short-range missile (Fateh) launched during the second day of military exercises. A top Iranian military commander says Israel are good targets for them. AFP photo

Iran has threatened to destroy U.S. military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported yesterday, as Revolutionary Guards extended testfiring of ballistic missiles into a third day.

“These bases are all in range of our missiles, and the occupied lands (Israel) are also good targets for us,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

Hajizadeh said 35 U.S. bases were within reach of Iran’s ballistic missiles, the most advanced of which commanders have said could hit targets 2,000 kilom away. “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 added. It was not clear where Hajizadeh got his figures on U.S. bases in the region. U.S. military facilities in the Middle East are located in Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, and it has around 10 bases further afield in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Journalist charged over spying

In a separate development, Azerbaijan has charged a newspaper editor and rights activist with treason for working for neighbor Iran’s spy services, officials said yesterday, as tensions with the Islamic republic simmer.

The interior ministry said Hilal Mamedov, editor of “Talyshi Sado” (Voice of the Talysh), a newspaper for the country’s Talysh ethnic minority, was using journalism as a cover to “secretly cooperate with the Iranian secret services.” The ministry said that Mamedov had worked for Iranian intelligence since 1992 and had supplied “materials to be used against Azerbaijan” when instructed. If convicted of treason, the journalist could face life imprisonment.


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Moiz Ali

7/5/2012 7:20:42 PM

The problem is US. Us and its allies are bullying Iran for last 8 years. Iran being a member of NPT, is allowed to enrich Uranium upto 20 %. At one time they did not want Iran to enrich even to 3.5%!! Plus, now and then, US keeps saying "all options are open" and keep sending their naval ships into the Persian Gulf, as a threat. US had shot down an Iranian civil aeroplane, and has not yet even apologized, let alone compensate. And what did US do with Libya, not only they got the apology, but co

mara mcglothin

7/5/2012 5:52:43 PM

GENERAL SOMALIA They can do as they like, BUT the World is watching and surely they understand that they entire country of Iran can be made into the Woirld's largest catbox in a matter of minutes should any World power so choose.

MR Somalia

7/5/2012 8:19:53 AM

They should take out Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi oil fields, Israel and even Turkey. If you can't hit the big far away aggressor, take it out on his allies so in the future they might rethink before they host them again. Face all your missiles on those regions and fire all of them at once.

Michael Johnson

7/5/2012 7:34:37 AM

What a joke. Iran can't even successfully launch a bottle rocket. Pronouncements like this make Iran look the fool. The U.S. would take out Iran's command and control in 30 minutes. Just ask Saddam Hussein.

ilker avni

7/5/2012 3:02:41 AM

Iran is a major threat to America and her allies.They have come along way with they military hardware,they produce cruise missiles and have sent a monkey into space,they can launch they own satilites.Russian and Chinese scientists have been helping them.Iran is a big threat to Turkey.
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