Iranian missiles hit near US military bases, forcing troops to hide in bunkers
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The American television channel FOX News, referring to the Pentagon, reported that at least three ballistic missiles launched from Iranian territory struck the area where American military bases are located in Qatar and the UAE, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“Surprising weapons and hardware – including long-range ballistic missiles capable of striking intruding vessels floating at a distance – are being used,” IRGC Brigadier General Abbas Nilforoushan, the official spokesperson for the exercise, said, according to PressTV.
At the time of the missile strike on the area of the location of the American military bases, the soldiers of the US army were in protective bunkers – a similar order was given to all American units in 2.5 hours for the actual strike.
“U.S. personnel at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar and Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, both situated on the opposite side of the Persian Gulf from Iran, went on high alert in response to three Iranian missiles fired during Great Prophet 14 that appeared to be heading their way. These missiles, possibly ballistic missiles, fell into the water, but had come “close enough” to cause concern,” the Drive magazine wrote.
What it means to strike in relative proximity to American military facilities is unknown, however, apparently, this is nothing more than an exaggeration of the real scale of the Iranian exercises, since the missiles did not even enter the airspace of these states, which Iran did not aspire to.
Iran is six months away from its first nuclear bomb, the intelligence said
Iran has become just a few months away from producing its first nuclear bomb, thanks to its relatively enriched uranium, an intelligence officer told the online publication Elaph, AMN news agency reported on July 10.
Elaph quoted the unnamed senior intelligence official as saying that Iran has 140 kg of uranium enriched by 4%, and it needs only 6 months to complete enrichment to more than 90%.
The intelligence source said Iran would be able to produce its first nuclear bomb, if it chose to, noting that success in that depends on the absence of errors or any interference with the nuclear program.
He continued: “Iran has resumed limited enrichment activity, and is in the process of obtaining another 140 kg of enriched uranium to produce a second bomb after the completion of the first production, by a decision that would come from the High Command.”
But Tehran has not taken its decision yet, especially in light of its economic problems and U.S. sanctions, which coincide with the pressures of the coronavirus outbreak that claimed the lives of several Iranians.
The newspaper said it obtained information, according to which, the recent bombings that affected “nuclear facilities and military sites in Iran” would disrupt this endeavor and impede the project for months and possibly years.
For its part, the Andishah Sazan Institute for Strategic Studies in Iran revealed, Thursday, the results of the ongoing investigations regarding the incident at the Nahtanz nuclear facility.
“The ongoing investigations into the Natanz facility incident confirm the absence of any air attack from outside the country and across the Iranian border,” said Saadallah Zaraei, head of the institute.
“The explosion occurred from inside the facility because of either a cyber attack or an act of sabotage,” Zaraei said, stressing that “the relevant authorities will surely announce the main cause of the explosion and its circumstances as soon as the investigations are completed.”
Regarding an Israeli role in the blast inside the Natanz facility, the Iranian official stressed that “the Israeli entity wants to fish in troubled waters and record for itself what it dreams to achieve.”
On January 13, 2005, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors allowed access to the Parchin military base as a confidence-building measure.
In November 2005, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors allowed access to the Parchin military base as a confidence-building measure.
Since March 8, 2012, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China have called on Iran to allow United Nations inspectors to visit the brocade military facility.
In early October 2014, the New York Times reported concerns about sabotage arising from the explosion that took place on the site.
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