Amid escalating threats to Israel by Iran, the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to strike the United States with ballistic missiles if the U.S. or Israel attacks Iran over its nuclear program.
So say Foreign Confidential™ analysts. Khamenei is insisting that the IRGC attack the U.S. homeland in order to make ordinary Americans experience what it is like to have their cities bombarded by missiles, analysts say, and to inspire anti-American assaults by terrorist groups and mobs across the globe.
Khamenei is believed to have ordered the IRGC to deploy its fleet of foreign-flagged, seemingly civilian cargo ships so as to be able to strike "the Great Satan" on short notice. The vessels are armed with missiles concealed in containerized launching systems, and are thus capable of approaching U.S. cities along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts without being detected until firing their projectiles.
There is no known defense against a sea-based attack of this kind.
Analysts say that in addition to missile attacks on U.S. soil, Iran is also planning Mumbai-style swarming assaults on U.S. population centers, including transportation hubs and commercial complexes. IRGC Quds Force and Hezbollah units are said to be preparing to carry out the terrorist attacks, which could involve hostage taking.
The commander of the ultra-elite Quds Force reports directly to Khamenei.
If Iran attacks the U.S. using cargo ships, the vessels will be controlled by Quds Force personnel who will be ordered to blow themselves and their ships up after firing their missiles to avoid destruction or possible capture by the U.S. military.
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