IRGC Deploys SAM To Defend Nuclear Sites Amid U.S. Strike Concerns: Reports

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IRGC Deploys SAM To Defend Nuclear Sites Amid U.S. Strike Concerns: Reports

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Iran is strengthening air defense systems located near its nuclear facilities as a precaution against possible US missile strikes, the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported on December 24th.

These reports come amid increased tensions, with many expecting US President Donald Trump to order a “farewell strike” on Iran, in his last few weeks in office.

Currently, the USS Georgia nuclear submarine, and two US guided-missile destroyers are in the Persian Gulf.

Previously, a missile barrage struck near the US Embassy in Baghdad, slightly damaging the building, and this was blamed on Iran.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran, and the US Central Command said the attack “was almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group.”

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s allegations that Tehran was behind the recent rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“Putting your own citizens at risk abroad won’t divert attention from catastrophic failures at home,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper, Tehran has built up air defense systems and radar locators of the aerospace forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to protect the facilities vital for Iran’s nuclear program from strikes aimed at disrupting the uranium enrichment process.

In particular, the precaution is taken in Isfahan province, where the Natanz uranium enrichment plant is located. The site in Fordo, also is under protection.

Sources told Al-Qabas that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had deployed a ‘Power 737’ missile system as well as Russian ‘SAM’ air defence missiles in the vicinity of both sites.

In a tweet this morning, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  said Trump will “bear full responsibility for any adventurism on his way out”.

He added: “Last time, the US ruined our region over WMD fabrications, wasting $7 trillion & causing 58,976 American casualties”.

Currently, there is no confirmation of the deployments of air defense systems, but tensions are at a boiling point, and the slightest misstep may have substantial consequences.

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