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News number: 9106060560

18:34 | 2012-08-29

Defence

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Commander: Iran's Air Defense Fully Prepared to Repel Enemy Threats

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian air defense commander underlined that the country's Armed Forces are fully capable of repelling enemy threats, adding that Iranian air defense units are closely monitoring US bases in the region round the clock.



"At present, we are monitoring all military bases around Iran 24 hours a day. Also, any flying object which enters Iranian airspace is monitored by Air Defense forces," Commander of the Air Defense Unit in Northeastern Iran General Abdollah Reshadi told reporters on Wednesday.

The General said his forces are monitoring all the US military bases and all aircraft and flights near the country's borders.

He pointed to the US and trans-regional bases in Afghanistan, and stated that his forces are monitoring all enemy moves in bases such as Shindand and Herat, and noted, "In addition to the 24-hour monitoring of their aircraft we record their flight information and data and we will definitely give a rapid and decisive response to any aggression against Iranian soil."

"We even have the statistical data of the enemies' aircraft in their bases across region," Reshadi stated.

Earlier, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the IRGC has detailed contingency plans to hit 35 US bases in the region in the early minutes of a possible conflict.

"We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack," Hajizadeh said at the time, referring to Iran's contingency plans for any potential confrontation with the US.

He said that the US has 35 bases around Iran, and stated, "All these bases are within the reach of our missiles. Meantime, the occupied (Palestinian) lands (Israel) are good targets for us as well."

The Islamic Republic's top military officials have repeatedly warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, the country would target all American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway.