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Iran threatens to launch ballistic missile strike against U.S. forces

“We have the capability to increase the range”

An Iranian Emad rocket is launched as it is tested at an undisclosed location October 11, 2015. REUTERS/farsnews.com/Handout via Reuters

(National SentinelWar Drums: A top Iranian commander has threatened to launch ballistic missiles in the direction of U.S. forces in the region as part of a public relations effort by Tehran to display its advanced missile capabilities, U.S. officials and regional reports noted.

As reported by the Free Beacon, Iranian leaders have openly discussed new advanced ballistic missile technology that is now sophisticated enough to attack U.S. forces up to 1,300 miles away, which can reach every American base in the region.

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, announced on Tuesday that Iranian missiles can already “cover all U.S. bases in the region” and that Tehran has the capability to increase its missile power even further, the Free Beacon noted.

“Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said following an announcement by the country’s supreme leader that Iranian ballistic missile technology would be capped at this distance for the short term.

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While pro-Iran activists cheered the announcement as a sign of moderation on Iran’s part, U.S officials and experts told the Washington Free Beacon that the distance cap on these missiles is effectively meaningless since the country’s current military technology is capable of striking U.S. forces, a position emphasized by Iranian military leaders.

“At present it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded,” Jafari was quoted as saying in Iran’s state-controlled press outlets.

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