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Iran Threatens to Kill Americans if Generals Attacked

Top commanders in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threatened Tuesday to kill “dozens” of US citizens should Washington kill any of its members.

“You also should not forget that American commanders have plenty of presence and travel in the region. If you kill any of us, we will kill dozens of you,” Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s aerospace division, told Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency on Tuesday.

Earlier last week several American neoconservatives, including retired U.S. Army general Jack Keane, urged the Obama administration to use covert action against Iran and target members of the Quds Force, the Guard’s foreign covert action unit.

The threats coming from the Revolutionary Guards are widely seen as the latest expression of Tehran’s mounting unease in the wake of two members of its Quds force being indicted in court for allegedly seeking to assassinate rival Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US.

Officials in Washington have used the indictment – and a recent International Atomic Energy Agency report accusing Iran of seeking nuclear weapons technology – to push for increased international isolation of Tehran, including sanctions on its key gas and banking industries.

In addition to its ongoing clash with western nations, Tehran has found itself fighting a covert and diplomatic war against Sunni monarchies in the region – who charge Iran with seeking to destabilize their nations by inciting their indigenous Shiite populations to revolution.

Iran’s nervously aggressive rhetoric has reached a crescendo amid public discussion of potential strikes on their nuclear program in Israel and Britain, respectively.

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