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News number: 8709100952

14:58 | 2008-11-30

Defence

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Iran Tasks Air Force with Guarding Nation

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Air Force will be the 'ultimate bulwark' against foreign threats in the event of war, a senior military commander said.



"Today our Air Force is carefully guarding national interests and is capable of defending the country in the face of foreign threats," said the Chief Commander of Iran's Air Force, Hassan Shahsafi on Saturday.

Brigadier General Shah-Safi said the Iranian Air Force has concentrated efforts to upgrade its defense capabilities following calls by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Iran's military developments come at a time when the Israeli Air Force is reportedly devising contingency plans for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, press tv reported.

Recent reports of Israeli military preparations have fueled speculation that Tel Aviv intends to stage its third attack on Middle Eastern countries over nuclear allegations. Israel had earlier attacked Iraq and Syria, claiming that they sought to attain nuclear weapons technology.

The Hurriyet quoted US political strategist Charles Krauthammer as saying that Israel would strike the Islamic Republic in the same manner it bombed Syria in September 2007.

"The Israelis would not attack (Iran) over Iraq. The way to go is through Turkey…When Israel attacked the reactor in Syria, it went up the Mediterranean and through Turkish air space," Krauthammer said.

The Iranian armed forces have repeatedly warned that any attempted violation of Iran's territorial integrity would be a 'suicidal folly'.

"After failure in its 33-day-war on Lebanon, Israel has realized that any effort or movement against Iran would have devastating consequences," the top Iranian military commander Yahya Rahim Safavi said in November.