Iranian missiles can reach numerous US military targets throughout the Middle East, including aircraft carriers and military bases, Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Airspace Division, has warned.
“They are within our reach and we can hit them if they make a move,” Hajizadeh stated on November 21, according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.
The head of the IRGC Airspace Division pointed to the US’ Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE, and Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, saying the bases used to be threats to Iran but are now “opportunities.” He added that US aircraft carriers in the Sea of Oman, with 40 to 50 fighter jets and 6,000 military personnel, are also within the reach of Iran’s ballistic missiles, which have pinpoint accuracy and a range of 700 km.
Hajizadeh further noted the Iranian drone intelligence adding that Teheran knows in which hangar of the Kandahar Airfield the RQ-170 Sentinel – a US unmanned aerial vehicle Iran took control of about seven years ago – had been deployed. Iran grounded the UAV in December 2011 using electronic warfare while the UAV was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar near the Afghan border.
Hajizadeh said that Iran had used the reverse-engineered version of the RQ-170 drone to target ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq.