Tuesday, July 8, 2008
"08/07/2008 Iran would launch attacks against Israel and the US navy in the Gulf as its first response against any American attack, an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.
"The first US shot on Iran would set the United States' vital interests in the world on fire," said Ali Shirazi, Imam Khamenei’s representative to the naval forces of the elite Revolutionary Guards.
"Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the targets that would be set on fire in Iran's crushing response," according to the Fars news agency.
Shirazi was speaking as the Iranian Revolutionary Guards begun a wide-scale maneuver in the Persian Gulf Tuesday morning, in preparation for a potential strike by Israel or the US at the time Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen sent Israel a message that US did not okay an Israeli attack on Iran.
A Guards' official said "If Iran is attacked, we will overwhelm the enemy with our firepower." The maneuver dubbed “The Great Prophet Maneuvers” included naval and aerial forces, and also Iran's ballistic missile units. The officially stated purpose of the exercise was "to improve the readiness and capability," according to Iranian media......."