Mousavi Warns Iran Will "Annihilate" Israel Within 25 Years

Lester Mason
Апреля 23, 2018

Iran's Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi says destroying the Zionist regime is one of the major targets of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), urging work towards that aim. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members.

Israel has repeatedly stated that it is unacceptable for Iran to have a permanent military presence so close to its own borders, a thinly-veiled threat that any attempt to establish bases in Syria will be similarly met with strong military force.

Iran, Syria, Russia, and some United States officials have all said that Israel was responsible for the strike on the base, also known as T-4. Israel's military spokesman declined to comment.

The official, who requested anonymity, would not elaborate. "It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", the official reportedly said. "He is the foreign minister of a country that deploys armed drones to Israel and missiles to Saudi Arabia".

One of the main reasons for Yadlin's concern is the possibility of an Iranian attack on Israel, with Tehran threatening "revenge" on Israel for the recent attack on the Iranian T-4 base in central Syria.

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The Iranian death toll in T-4 was unusually high. Israeli sources claimed the attack was aimed at Iranian fighters in the Arab country, while Tehran denied the claims that it had a military presence in the country. The Iranians have also described their cargo flights to Syria as carrying humanitarian aid only.

Tensions between Israel and Iran have been steadily escalating since Israel shot down the drone.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back at Salami on Friday.

In response to the downing of the F-16, the Israeli military conducted another round of strikes, specifically targeting Syrian air defense systems. "There could be a very big belligerent incident with Iran and Hezbollah".

"I do not believe that we are headed towards regional war, but I do believe that, unfortunately, Israel has continued its violations with global law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the USA support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind", Zarif told "Face the Nation". Scores of previous such raids went unanswered but Israel worries that changing conditions may now embolden Iran.

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