September 23, 2012
Amir Ali Hajizadeh,
a brigadier general heading up the aerospace division of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps. (IRGC), has told Iran’s Arabic language
Al-Alam television that his country will strike preemptively if it
detects preparations by Israel for an attack.
“Iran will not start any war but it could launch a preemptive attack
if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack
it,” the military commander said.
Hajizadeh said an attack by Israel would be supported by the United
States. “For this reason, we will enter a confrontation with both
parties and will definitely be at war with American bases should a war
break out,” he said, mentioning U.S. bases in Bahrain, Qatar and
Afghanistan as targets.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain. According to U.S. government figures, there are 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan.