Iran Air Commander Claims Plan to Strike “400 American Targets” if U.S. Retaliated to January Rocket Attack

Per FreeBeacon Iranian military leaders on Friday said the country had drafted plans to strike “400 American targets” in response to further military action by the United States.

After Iran launched missiles at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base in January, where more than 1,000 U.S. and coalition soldiers are stationed, it anticipated retaliatory attacks by the Trump administration, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, told the country’s state-controlled press.

“The day we attacked on Ain al-Asad, we thought the U.S. forces would respond after 20 minutes, so we were ready to attack 400 American targets,” Hajizadeh disclosed, though he did not provide detailed information about the sites in question.

“Our plan was to attack 400 U.S. targets if they responded,” he said.

Newsweek reports the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) air arm has claimed his troops were ready to attack hundreds of additional American targets if January’s limited exchange of fire escalated into a wider conflict.

IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh made the comments Friday when talking to reporters about the Corps’ successful satellite launch earlier this week, which comes as Washington and Tehran exchange fresh military threats in the Persian Gulf.

Iran and the U.S. appeared close to war in January after President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

The drone strike that killed Soleimani outside Baghdad International Airport in Iraq was the culmination of weeks of tensions between the U.S. and Iran, during which Iran-backed Iraqi militias killed an American at an Iraqi base in the northern city of Kirkuk and took part in the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Soleimani was the commander of the IRGC’s clandestine Quds Force and widely considered the second -most powerful figure within the regime. He was responsible for Iran’s foreign military operations and directing a host of proxy militias across the Middle East.

In response, Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops. At the Ayn al-Assad air base in the west of the country the missiles wounded more than 100 American troops, though this was not immediately announced.

The White House chose not to retaliate after the strikes, though Trump had previously threatened to attack 52 Iranian targets—possibly including cultural sites, which would constitute a war crime—if Iran struck back against Americans.

Hajizadeh said Friday that IRGC troops were ready for a wider assault if the U.S. responded to the Ayn al-Assad bombardment