Missile defense in Tehran?

Reuters via MSNBC:

Iran said on Saturday it would launch medium-range missiles if attacked and accused Britain and the United States of arming rebels in its south, as international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear plans grew.

“If we come under a military attack, we will respond with our very effective missile defense,” Yahya Rahim Safavi, commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guard, told state television.

Western states suspect Iran of secretly aiming to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran insists its nuclear facilities are intended to produce only electricity.

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Military experts reckon the Revolutionary Guard’s Shahab-3 missiles have a range of some 1,200 miles, meaning Israel, U.S. bases in the Gulf and foreign troops in Iraq lie within their range.

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That is why those missles should be among the first targets in a strike against Iran. Air defense and Missiles need to be destroyed before there is a strike against the nuclear facilities where the threat is not as immediate. This is one of the reason why I have been saying that the strikes against Iran should be more like the air operations that prepared the bqattlespace in Destert Storm in 1991. They need to be comprehensive in the destruction of Iran's ability to make war.

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