Iran to Use Missiles If Attacked, Military Chief Says

(Reuters/New York Times) Iran would retaliate with medium-range missiles if attacked, Yahya Rahim Safavi, commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guard, told state television Saturday, and he accused Britain and the U.S. of arming rebels within the country. "If we come under a military attack, we will respond with our very effective missile defense," he said. Military experts estimate that Iran's medium-range missile, the Shahab 3, can strike targets more than 1,200 miles away. That would put Israel, American military bases in the Persian Gulf region, and troops in Iraq within their range. The missiles are directly under the command of the Revolutionary Guard, a parallel military force that answers directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

2006-01-30 00:00:00

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