16 February 2020 - 11:29
News ID: 449090
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that his country has successfully foiled the US’ plan to force Tehran decide between war and surrendering, adding that the White House never imagined that they would end up empty-handed at the finish line.

RNA - In a tweet on Thursday, Shamkhani said that the US unwise rulers did not think that Iran would invalidate the "fake duality of war or surrender".

With the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the US low-wisdom rulers intended to put Iran in an extraordinary mental state using the doctrine of shock and bewilderment and impose "miscalculation", conditions and decisions on Iran, highlighted the SNSC secretary.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.

The airstrike also martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.

On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.

Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.

According to Fars News Agency, the second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.

Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.

It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since the World War II.

The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.


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