Iran says missile strike on Kurd rebels a warning to ‘foreign powers’
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Iran says missile strike on Kurd rebels a warning to ‘foreign powers’

Revolutionary Guards commander claims rockets can accurately hit to a range of 2,000 kilometers, cautions superpowers who ‘bully’

The head of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks at a conference in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. (Vahid Salemi/AP)
The head of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks at a conference in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday that a missile strike they launched on a Kurdish rebel base in neighboring Iraq last week should serve as a warning to “arrogant foreign powers.”

The elite Guards fired seven medium-range ballistic missiles at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran in Koysinjaq in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, said to have killed 11 people, injured 50, and caused damage with what they described as a precision strike.

“With a range of 2,000 kilometers [1,200 miles], our missiles endow the Iranian nation with a unique ability to fight against arrogant foreign powers,” Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“All those that have forces, bases, and equipment within a 2,000 kilometer radius of Iran’s sacred borders should know that [our] missiles are highly accurate.”

Iranian officials have long referred to the United States as the “world arrogance” and the Guards’ arsenal of medium-range missiles puts US bases in the Gulf and beyond within reach. Israel is a little over 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) from Iran.

Relations between Iran and the United States have nosedived since US President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark nuclear agreement in May and reimposed crippling sanctions in a major blow to its already struggling economy.

“[Our] recent vengeance upon terrorists had a very clear message for enemies, especially superpowers who think they can bully us,” said Jafari.

The KDPI had sent numerous “terrorist teams” into Iran’s West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah provinces in recent months, according to the Guards.

The group is Iran’s oldest Kurdish movement and several of its leaders have been assassinated by Tehran in the past.

Iran’s ballistic missile program is a bone of contention, particularly for Washington, which has repeatedly accused Tehran of seeking to destabilize the region.

Tehran says its missile arsenal is vital to its defense in a troubled region.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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