Top Iranian official: We’ll ‘choose time and place’ to strike back at Israel

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council says retaliation for attack on Syrian airbase is ‘inevitable’

Screen capture from video of Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. (YouTube)
Screen capture from video of Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. (YouTube)

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said Tuesday that Tehran “will choose the time and place” to mete out its “inevitable” response for a deadly strike on an Iranian base in Syria that has been attributed to Israel.

Speaking to reporters before he traveled to Russia, Ali Shamkhani was asked about the airstrike earlier this month that reportedly hit Iranian military equipment at the airbase, killing 14 people including at least seven members of the Revolutionary Guards. The head of its drone program, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, was among the fatalities.

“The response is inevitable, but Iran will choose the time and the place” to respond to “the attack on the T-4 base, in which several Iranian citizens were killed,” Shamkhani told journalists.

“The entity that gives itself the right to attack the sovereignty of another country and to target forces fighting terrorism must certainly have thought about the results and consequences of that attack and the corresponding reaction,” he added.

A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage attributed to Israel on April 9, 2018. (Iranian media)

Iran, Syria, Russia, and some US officials have all said that Israel was responsible for the strike on the base, also known as T-4. Israel has not commented.

This was the second time the T-4 base was attacked. Israel acknowledged hitting the base in February after Iran flew an explosive-laden drone into Israel. Israel says the drone was launched from the base. At the time, the Israel Defense Force said it bombed “four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

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