Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within missile range

A handout picture made available by the Iranian Army office reportedly shows a Sayad missile fired from the Talash missile system during an air defence drill at an undisclosed location in Iran on November 5, 2018 . (File/AFP)
Updated 22 November 2018
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Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within missile range

  • “They are within our reach and we can hit them if they (Americans) make a move,” a Revolutionary Guards commander said
  • Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran

LONDON: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.
“They are within our reach and we can hit them if they (Americans) make a move,” Amirali Hajjizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
Hajjizadeh said the Guards had improved the precision of their missiles, and specifically said they could hit the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates and Kandahar base in Afghanistan that host US forces.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
The Islamic Republic’s government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities, particularly its missile program run by the Guards.
Iran, which says its missile program is purely defensive, has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if the United States tries to strangle Iranian oil exports.


Israel encircles Ramallah after West Bank attack

Updated 13 December 2018
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Israel encircles Ramallah after West Bank attack

  • “Entrances and exits to the city are all closed. We are conducting searches,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said
  • A gunman shot dead two Israelis at a bus stop in the area earlier

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces encircled Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and sent in reinforcements after a gunman shot dead two Israelis at a bus stop in the area, the army said.
“Entrances and exits to the city are all closed. We are conducting searches,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.
He said the military was sending “a few more infantry battalions” to conduct operations in the West Bank.