Our drones are in the eyes of the enemy

Our drones are in the eyes of the enemy

Iranian drones has become a “flag” in the eyes of its enemies, the country’s Revolutionary Guard aerospace commander said on Thursday 11/11. The United States and Israel, Iran’s sworn enemies, accuse it of using drones and missiles to attack American troops and Israeli-linked ships in the Gulf in order to destabilize the region.

Tehran insists its military strategy is defensive and has criticized Washington for linking talks on relaunching the Iran nuclear deal with future negotiations over its missile program. “Our enemies say we have to negotiate on missiles and our drones have been a thorn in their eyes,” Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said.

“If they insist on limiting our missile and drone capabilities, it shows our strength,” he said on the Garda Sepahnews website. “We don’t need to mention our forces because the enemy talks enough about Iran’s missiles and defense capabilities,” he added.

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Hajizadeh was speaking on the sidelines of a memorial in honor of General Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the architect of the Iranian missile program, who was killed in an explosion at a Guard base near Tehran in November 2011.

The United States announced sanctions against Iran’s drone program last month. The United States said the Revolutionary Guards provided drones to its allies in the Middle East, including Lebanese Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In comments Thursday, Hajizadeh said Israel’s threats against Iran, especially its nuclear facilities, were statements intended for internal consumption. “Israel can launch (an attack on Iran) but we will decide the outcome,” he said.

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Iran warned Israel in October against any military adventure aimed at its nuclear program. It comes after Israel declared that it had the right to use force against the Islamic Republic. (AFP / OL-14)


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