Iran says it can fire 11,000 rockets in a minute

October 21, 2007

TEHRAN (Alalam) --Iran is capable of firing 11,000 rockets into enemy bases within the first minute after any possible attack, a top Revolutionary Guards commander said Saturday.

General Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, the missile commander of the Guards, said Iran has identified all enemy positions and is prepared to respond in less than a minute to any possible attack.
""Enemy bases and positions have been identified. ... The Guards ground force will fire 11,000 rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression against the Iranian territory,'' he said.
The US has 40,000 troops on various US bases in other Persian Gulf countries and 20,000 in Mideast waters.
Another 160,000 US troops are in neighboring Iraq and about 25,000 are in another one of Iran's neighbors, Afghanistan.
Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency also quoted Chaharbaghi as saying that Iran's radar-avoiding rockets cover the entire Persian Gulf and the entire Iran-Iraq border.
Chaharbaghi was quoted by Fars as saying that rockets with a range of 250 km (155 miles) will be delivered to the Guards' ground force soon.
Last month, a top Iranian air force general said Iran has drawn up contingency plans to bomb Israel should the occupying regime attack Iran.
He made the comments days after French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that the world should prepare for the possibility of war in the event Iran obtains nuclear technology, although he later stressed the focus is still on diplomatic pressures.
Iran on Thursday denounced a warning by President Bush that the Iran's nuclear activities could lead to World War III, saying the statement was warlike rhetoric geared at diverting US attention from White House failures in Iraq.
The White House said Bush was simply making ""a rhetorical point'' when he suggested that if Iran could make nuclear weapons, it could lead to World War III.
A top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander warned last month that US bases around Iran would be legitimate targets.
""Today, the United States is within Iran's sight and all around our country, but it doesn't mean we have been encircled. They are encircled themselves and are within our range,'' General Mohammed Hasan Kousehchi told IRNA.