IRAN has threatened to target US military bases and warships with missile strikes as tensions between Tehran and Washington reach boiling point.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Amirali Hajizadeh said US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, as well as US aircraft carriers operating in the Gulf, were all within the range of Iranian missiles. Cdr Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' airspace division, said: “They are within our reach and we can hit them if the Americans make a move. Our land-to-sea missiles have a range of 450 miles and the US aircraft carriers are our targets.”
Cdr Hajizadeh said the Guards had improved the precision of their missiles named the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Al Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates and Kandahar base in Afghanistan as potential targets if soaring tensions boil over.
Relations between the two countries went from bad to worse when Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was intended to curb Iran’s nuclear energy programme, which the West maintained was to create a nuclear bomb.
The JCPOA stipulated Iran must limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions but Mr Trump rubbished the deal, calling it a “horrible one-sided” nuclear agreement.