1. WAR GAMES

    Iran ‘Ready’ to Fire Missiles

    In this picture released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, asurface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards test fired several ballistic missiles on Tuesday, including a long-range variety capable of hitting U.S. bases in the region as well as Israel, Iranian media reported. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Hamed Jafarnejad)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE.

    Hamed Jafarnejad / AP Photo

    A commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said on Wednesday that the country is “ready to fire missiles” at U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf within minutes of an attack on Iran. In a response to reports that the U.S. has increased military presence in the Middle East, Iran’s Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that missiles have been aimed at 35 U.S. military bases in the Middle East—and targets in Israel, reported Iran’s semi-official news agency, Fars. Hajizadeh’s remarks came as the Revolutionary Guard participated in a three-day war game exercise called Great Prophet Seven, which Iranian officials claimed was show of defiance against western pressure—including the oil sanctions that went into effect this week. The U.S. also announced earlier this week they would be sending more soldiers to the Gulf.

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