Iran says could target Turkey missile shield
Iran could target installations in Turkey that are part of a planned NATO missile shield in any future conflict, a senior military official said on Saturday, upping the rhetoric against its neighbour with whom relations have soured in recent months.
November 27, 2011 1:53 by Reuters
Once warm relations between Iran and Turkey have been strained this year due to the missile shield and Ankara’s outspoken criticism of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on popular unrest.
Turkey and Iran, the Middle East’s two major non-Arab Muslim states, are vying for influence in the post-Arab Spring region and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser accused Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of setting its foreign policy to please Washington.
Major-General Yahya Rahim-Safavi said earlier this week that any attack from Israel would trigger a response from Tehran’s Hezbollah allies in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
“The Zionists know well that if they start a war they will be targeted strongly from South Lebanon, from Hamas and also from Iran,” he told state broadcaster IRIB.