US General: Iran has made huge progress in its ballistic missile capabilities
The commander of US Central Command has acknowledged the significant progress that Iran has made in its ballistic missile capabilities in recent years, saying Tehran’s precision-guided missile attack on the US-run Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq last year is proof of the advancement.
“The one thing the Iranians have done over the last three to five years is they built a very capable ballistic missile platform,” General Kenneth McKenzie told TIME magazine.
In January 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at two US-run bases in Iraq as part of its promised revenge days after the US military assassinated its Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Soleimani in Baghdad. Iran called the IRGC’s strikes “Operation Martyr Soleimani.”
The missiles targeted an airbase in Iraq’s Erbil as well as the Ain al-Asad airbase in the Arab country’s western province of Anbar, in what Tehran described as a “first slap.”
“Those missiles hit within tens of meters of their targets,” McKenzie claimed, noting that Iran’s missiles have a proven capability to strike targets with precision.
According to the US Defense Department, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the US base. Iran, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.