Iranian Commander: Our Shahab Missile with Cluster Warhead Can Destroy an Aircraft Carrier

[MEMRI] In an interview on Iran's Channel 2, that aired on November 12, 2006, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi stated: "The Americans have many weaknesses. In fact, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they clearly displayed their strengths and weaknesses. We have planned our strategy precisely on the basis of their strengths and weaknesses....We don't see any motivation among the American forces in Iraq. They are very cowardly. There are even scenes from Iraq in which they are seen crying. When their commanders encounter a problem, they burst into tears." "The Shahab 3 missile has a cluster warhead, and consequently, its destructive power exceeds several kilometers, because the warhead spreads into bomblets. [It can be used] against large bases, large concentrations of people...even against aircraft carriers, because it explodes from above, so it can completely destroy an aircraft carrier with its planes." If the Zionist regime was defeated by a group of Hizballah in can Israel withstand a great nation that numbers 70 million, 90 percent of whom are Shiites? As for the IRGC and the Basij [a paramilitary organization connected with the IRGC] - we have 10 million Basij members and strong Revolutionary Guards. There is no comparison."

2006-11-17 01:00:00

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