Iran News Round Up May 6, 2014

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by the AEI Critical Threats Project's Iran research team. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online. 

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  • Fars News Agency published the first part of an exclusive interview with Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi:
    • “Today the Americans and the entire world know that one of our operational goals is destroying US Navy Forces.” “Aircraft carriers provide US airpower in combat; therefore it is natural that we want to sink them.”
    • “Americans are unaware of many matters. Their research centers analyzed the mock aircraft carrier in a common way. We have been building and sinking mock US destroyers, frigates, and cruisers for years. We sank their models within 50 seconds even with various operational [counter] measures.”
    • “We will execute this regarding the mock aircraft carrier as well because destroying, annihilating, and sinking US boats has and will be in our plans.” Fadavi claimed that IRGC speed boats can travel at a top speed of 40 knots, while US vessels are stuck at 31 knots. He added that Iran planned to increase its boats’ speed to 80 knots, which he said was three times the speed of US destroyers.

 

 

 

 

  • Former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Mohammad Rasulollah (Greater Tehran) Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani addressed the IRGC Hamedan Unit:
    • “Today Syria stands as a symbol of resistance and standing against global arrogance...Syria has stood against all European, Arab, and Zionist countries. God has promised victory to the righteous.”
    •  “America is pursuing various interests in Syria, primarily to support the Zionist regime. Other goals of the Islamic Revolution broke out in Syria, and so they took advantage of some people’s ignorance in the Syrian civil war.”