The Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) jammed MQ-9 combat drones during the January 8 missile strikc on US military targets in Iraq, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh says.
FARS News reports (source):
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh disclosed that the communication and dispatch of images by US MQ-9 drones were cut as IRGC’s missile attack was underway on Ain al-Assad military base.
“An operation that we did not disclose anything about it after the IRGC’s missile attacks and was conducted by using special equipment we had prepared in advance was an important electronic warfare operation that started about 15 minutes after missile attack; we brought all drones flying over Ain al-Assad military base out of US troops’ control for some moments and cut their communication and image links which terrified the Americans,” General Hajizadeh said on Thursday, addressing a press conference to elaborate on IRGC missile attacks on the US military base.
He noted that following the IRGC’s missile attacks, the most important need of the Americans was to understand the extent of the losses which were instantly monitored by the cameras of eight MQ-9 drones, and said, “When the aircraft were out of US control their morale was much more lowered than the missile attacks.”
General Hajizadeh said Iran’s missile strikes on two US bases in Iraq in retaliation for assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani triggered vast operations to expel American troops from the region.
“The missile strikes on one of the United States’ most important bases within the framework of martyr Soleimani operation was the start of big operations which will continue in the entire region,” General Hajizadeh told reporters in Tehran.
“We were not after killing anyone although tens of US troops have likely been killed and wounded and were transferred to Israel and Jordan on 9 sorties of C-130 flights,” he added, noting that had Iran intended to kill the American forces, it could have planned high casualty operations to kill 500 US military men in the first step and 4,000 to 5,000 others in the second and third phases within 48 hours.
General Hajizadeh said that 13 missiles were fired at the US bases on Tuesday, adding that Iran was ready to fire hundreds of missiles in the first hours and had prepared thousands of missiles for possible 3-day to week-long clashes between the two sides.
The FARS News report adde that “it was the first direct attack on the US army ever since WWII.”
The lack of the US military response to the Iranian missile strike already caused a negative response among the US formal allies. On January 12, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that it’s important for Britain’s armed forces to ‘diversify’ in the Trump era and prepare for fights without the United States.
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