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Iran admiral: U.S. ships are a target in case of war

An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the US navy's supercarrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Mediterranean Sea on October 24, 2013. The US aircraft carrier is on standby in case of a flare up in Syria left the Red Sea for a brief stint in the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. military remains poised, ready and in position to strike the Assad regime in Syria should such actions be ordered by President Obama, Pentagon and Navy officials said . AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

TEHRAN: The navy chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says that if war with the United States breaks out, the Iranians will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.

The remarks by Adm. Ali Fadavi of the hard-line Guard navy sharply contrast moderate President Hassan Rouhani's outreach policies toward the West.

Fadavi was quoted Tuesday by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying the size of the U.S. carriers makes them an "easy target."

Fadavi also says the Guard navy has already carried out an exercise targeting a mock-up of an American warship.

Last month, an Iranian newspaper reported that Iran's military was building a simple replica of the USS Nimitz in a shipyard in the southern port of Bandar Abbas in order to be used in future military exercises.

 

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