Iran says could target Turkey missile shield

TEHRAN Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:21pm EST

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran could target installations in Turkey that are part of a planned NATO missile shield in any future conflict, a senior military official said on Saturday, upping the rhetoric against its neighbor with whom relations have soured in recent months.

"We are ready to attack NATO's missile shield in Turkey if we face a threat and then we will follow other aims," the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, as saying.

Tehran has made clear its displeasure at Turkey's agreement in September to deploy a NATO missile early warning system which it sees as a U.S. ploy to protect Israel from any counter-attack should the Jewish state target Iran's nuclear facilities.

Once warm relations between Iran and Turkey have been strained this year due to the missile shield and Ankara's outspoken criticism of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown on popular unrest.

Turkey and Iran, the Middle East's two major non-Arab Muslim states, are vying for influence in the post-Arab Spring region and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's military adviser accused Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of setting its foreign policy to please Washington.

Major-General Yahya Rahim-Safavi said earlier this week that any attack from Israel would trigger a response from Tehran's Hezbollah allies in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

"The Zionists know well that if they start a war they will be targeted strongly from South Lebanon, from Hamas and also from Iran," he told state broadcaster IRIB.

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Comments (3)
libertadormg wrote:
A box of matches right in the Middle East powder keg.

Nov 26, 2011 3:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Oooohh. I’ll bet that’s got the Pentagon quaking in their boots. I cannot wait to see the smackdown Iran is going to get in 2013. I’m going to buy a 52″ LED LCD tv just so I can watch the Imams go up in flames.

Nov 26, 2011 5:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BajaArizona wrote:
yeah six_mile_cross, that’s exactly where you’ll be…in your living room sitting on a couch full of old Doritos crumbs flipping back and forth from the Kardashians and some meaningless sporting event and whatever war you’re cheering on.

You have achieved that rare thing; you actually embody a caricature. That’s something to be proud of. You’ll need to actually participate, however, to feel real pride in a war. Otherwise you’re just a mindlessly confused fan. Given your level of personal courage, that’s not likely to change. Prove me wrong.

Nov 26, 2011 7:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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