Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force: Missile Attack on US Bases in Iraq Just the Beginning of Revenge
Monday, 13 January 2020 - 06:31 PM
In a press conference aired on Iran's IRINN TV on January 9, 2020, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of IRGC Aerospace Force said that the missile strikes against American bases in Iraq are just the beginning of revenge operation, which will continue throughout the region. General Hajizadeh said that Ayn Al Asad Air Base was ultimately chosen as a target because the original target, Camp Taji, is located near Baghdad and Iran did not want to disturb any Iraqi civilians with the noise from the attack. Demonstrating on aerial photographs of the air base, General Hajizadeh said that Iran could have struck the barracks and the areas where the troops were located, however Iran's goals was not to kill U.S. soldiers. Despite this, he insisted, many U.S. soldiers were killed. General Hajizadeh said that the U.S. did not fire a single bullet in response to this attack, since "they could not cope with this." General Hajizadeh continued to say that the many wounded U.S. soldiers were evacuated to Jordan, Israel, and Baghdad. In addition, he said that Iran initiated an "important electronic warfare operation," taking control of American drones in the vicinity of the air base and destroying American lines of communication and video. General Hajizadeh turned to the American public, recommending they apply pressure on their leaders to leave the region. General Hazijadeh also urged the leaders of the Arab countries to follow the Iraqi example and resolve to expel U.S. forces from the region. He continued to say that if countries such as the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar do not decide to expel American forces, the "groups of resistance" will force this decision upon them. General Hajizadeh said that "the blood of the Martyr Soleimani will cause a flood and tsunami" that will drown the Americans and anyone who opposes their expulsion from the region. General Hajizadeh was speaking in front of an Iranian flag, accompanied by the flags of all the Iranian-backed militias in the region.