A senior IRGC commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the IRGC aerospace command, said in Tehran today that Iran will target NATO missile defense shield in Turkey if it is attacked by Israel or the US.
Gen. Hajizadeh added that Iran believes that the probability of an attack on the country is on the rise, and hitting missile defense shield in Turkey is part of Iran’s new defense strategy to counter the threat. He emphasized that Iran will now respond to threats with threats rather than a defensive position [Mehr News Agency, 26 November].
“Countering threats with threats,” has become a new battle cry in Iran, first espoused by the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech last week, presumably also referring to a nuclear threat.
As part of the new strategy, the Iranian senior generals are also warning the West that they would widen any future conflicts by establishing anti-Israeli fronts in Lebanon and Palestine; destabilizing the Persian Gulf; and now attacking defensive missile shield in Turkey.