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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Army Commander Warns of Iran's Preemptive Measures against Enemy Aggression

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi underscored on Saturday that the country's Armed Forces are prepared to carry out preemptive measures to strangle any aggressive action by the enemies.

"The Army will not linger one moment in guarding the territorial integrity (of the country), honoring the valuable achievements of the Revolution and safeguarding the water, air and land borders," Salehi said in a message on the occasion of the Air Force Day in Iran.

"The Army will cut the hands of any aggressor before rising," he stressed.

Iranian military commanders and officials have on many occasions warned enemies of Iran's crushing response to any possible action against the country, stressing that the Iranian Armed Forces will give a crippling response to aggressors if they dare to attack the country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces, in particular the Ground Forces, are fully prepared and should a threat emerge, these forces will defend Iran's sovereignty powerfully … and will cripple the enemy," Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on Wednesday.

He said that the main strategy of the Armed Forces is to get highly prepared according to various forms of threats.

Israel and its close ally the United States have repeatedly warned of a military strike on Iran.

Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads, but they accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Speculations that Israel could bomb Iran mounted since a big Israeli air drill two years ago. In the first week of June, 2008, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and the US as well as their worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by either country.

Iran has also warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.

The ISIS study also cautioned that an attack against Iran would backfire by compelling the country to acquire nuclear weaponry.

A recent study by a fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin Talmadge, warned that Iran could use mines as well as missiles to block the strait, and that "it could take many weeks, even months, to restore the full flow of commerce, and more time still for the oil markets to be convinced that stability had returned."

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