AN IRANIAN military chief has threatened to destroy US army bases in the Middle East in a rant in which he also vowed to “annihilate Israel”.
The extraordinary outburst came from Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s deputy commander for cultural and social affairs. Speaking on Iraqi television network Al-Nujaba, the general scoffed at the idea of a US attack on Iran and warned of a swift response if it did. He said: “America will not launch a war against Iran. If it does — a possibility that I rule out — we will destroy all its military bases in the region."
He continued: “We currently stand before the gates and barbed wire of their compounds and if they make a wrong move, we will cross those barbed wire fences.”
Gen Naqdi also dismissed Saudi military capabilities and described the idea of a Saudi attack on Iran as “very laughable”.
He said: “We have a Farsi proverb that goes, ‘You cannot compare an ant to an elephant’.
“Saudi Arabia is incapable of controlling even its domestic front. It uses fighter planes to bomb small neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia.
“If we gave the order to a division in any of our 30 provinces, it would be able to defeat and destroy Saudi Arabia.
“It’s true that Saudi Arabia has many advanced weapons, but it cannot face an army like Iran’s.”