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Shihab 3 missiles test. They can reach Israel Photo: AP
Shihab 3 missiles test. They can reach Israel Photo: AP
 
 

Iran: We can attack up to 2,000 km

Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards visits Iranian missile unit, promises soldiers, 'we are ready to deal with any possible attack'

Dudi Cohen
Published: 11.19.06, 06:56 / Israel News

Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said that Iran has the capability to attack its enemies, even if they are as far away as 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles). This was reported Saturday night by the Iranian news agency ISNA.

 

"In the case that we are attacked, we will respond beyond our borders and will attack the military facilities of our enemy," said Safavi, adding that the Iranian forces are prepared to handle any possible attack.

 

According to the report, the Revolutionary Guard commander visited one of Iran's missile units, and said, "This artillery and missile unit has sophisticated technology and equipment and it is ready for everything."

 

Safavi, who visited the Basij unit, the voluntary corps of the Revolutionary Guard, in the city of Isfahan, said, "Until now, no country has succeeded in establishing such a huge voluntary corps that number more than 11 million people."

 

Most of the Basij volunteers are family members of the Revolutionary Guards, who are considered devout Muslims.

 

Only two weeks ago, the Revolutionary Guards held a large-scale exercise called "The Great Prophet 2" during which Shihab-3 land-to-land missiles were launched. Shihab 3 missiles have a range of 2,000 km and can reach Israel.

 

Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force Hussein Salami said that Iran has improved the Shihab missile's warheads.

 

"As of now, following the launched of the Shihab missiles, their warheads are capable of turning into one hundred small missiles that disperse across a broad area. Loading the Shihab missiles horizontally allows for a shorter response time and higher mobility," Salami noted, and promised "additional improvements in coming exercises."

 

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