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MP Warns of Targeting US Bases if Attacked

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TEHRAN, July 2 (ICANA) – Iran will target the US bases in the region as soon as it comes under attack by its arch foe, Washington, a senior Iranian lawmaker warned on Saturday.
Saturday, July 02, 2011 8:11:16 PM
MP Warns of Targeting US Bases if Attacked

"If the US makes such a mistake, Tehran will then assume itself to be entitled to the right to destroy all US military bases in the region," Head of the parliament's Defense Committee Gholamreza Karami told FNA.

He stressed that all the US forces and military bases in the entire Middle-East and other countries are within the range of Iran's ground-to-ground missiles, and said in case of a US attack against Iran, the American forces will become the victim of the Washington's wrong policy.

Karami expressed the hope that the US would change its policies towards the regional countries, respect the rights of the other nations and avoid making the American troops a victim of its warmongering policies.

Iran has repeatedly warned that its Armed Forces are fully prepared to immediately deliver a crushing response to any offensive on Iranian territory.

The United States and Israel have once again intensified their hostile measures against Iran to push the country to give up its progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology.

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

Strait of Hormuz, 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."

In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen has also recently warned in Tel Aviv of the unexpected consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran, just as he did during the days of the (George W) Bush administration.

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