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Strike on Iran would trigger 'World War III': Guards

Published on Sep 23, 2012 8:16 PM
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during an annual military parade which marks Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, in the capital Teheran, on Sept 21, 2012. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander threatened 'World War III' if there should be a military strike on Iran. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told the broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned conflict was inevitable.

Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, "nothing is predictable... and it will turn into World War III," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran's Arabic-language television network.

Brig Gen Hajizadeh, who is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards' missile systems, said: "In circumstances in which they (the Israelis) have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack. But we do not see this at the moment."

He added that Iran would deem any Israeli strike to be conducted with US authorisation, so "whether the Zionist regime attacks with or without US knowledge, then we will definitely attack US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan."

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