Iranian commander threatens US bases and fleet in the Gulf

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards official is pouring oil on the fire, saying US bases and US aircraft carriers are within range of Iranian missiles. Earlier, the US accused Iran of being behind the attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Yemen’s Houthi organization, an ally of Iran, said it attacked two Aramco oil plants in the heart of the Saudi oil industry yesterday, dropping more than half of its oil production. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of being behind the attacks, ruling out possible interference by Yemen and accusing Tehran of hypocritical diplomacy.

“Everyone should know that all US bases and aircraft carriers up to 2,000 kilometers around Iran are within range of our missiles,” said the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Aerospace Force, Amir Ali Hajizadeh. According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, he also said that “Iran has always been ready for a full-scale war”, without mentioning yesterday’s attacks in Saudi Arabia.

The IRGC officer designated possible US targets as including al-Adid (US base in Qatar), al-Zawra base (US base in the United Arab Emirates) and a US fleet in the Oman Sea.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh also claimed that when Iran shot down a US drone, last June, it could have downed a US P 8 reconnaissance aircraft with 33 persons aboard, but chose not, in order to just “send a message”.

One of the factories that has been attacked is the largest oil refinery in the world. US President Donald Trump has told de facto country’s leader, Prince Mohamed bin Salman, that Washington is ready to work with the kingdom to ensure its security, he said.