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IRGC Commander Says 35 U.S. Targets, Tel Aviv Within Iran’s Reach

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IRGC Commander Says 35 U.S. Targets, Tel Aviv Within Iran's Reach

FILE: Iran test-fires a Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile in 2009, a missile defense analysts have said could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf.

35 U.S. targets in the Middle East and Tel Aviv are within the reach of Iranian forces, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander said on January 4, stressing that the US and Israel must be in a constant state of panic following the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.

Gen. Gholamali Abuhamzeh, IRGC commander in the southern province of Kerman, said that Iran reserved the right to take revenge against the U.S. for the death of Maj. Gen. Soleimani, the former commander of the al-Quds Force.

“The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there … vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since long time ago … some 35 U.S. targets in the region as well as Tel Aviv are within our reach,” the Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Abuhamzeh as saying.

Maj. Gen. Soleimani was killed along with several Iranian and Iraqi commanders in the early hours of January 3 when U.S. aircraft struck their vehicles in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

A day earlier, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council held the U.S. responsible for the assassination of the Iranian commander, revealing that it has adopted measures in response to the incident.

Gen. Abuhamzeh’s threat indicates that Iran may be planning a large-scale attack. The U.S. had warned that it would respond to any such attack with military force.

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