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Iran says ready to strike back if attacked by Israel

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Iran has drawn up plans for retaliation in the event of an attack from Israel, the deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force was reported by Fars news agency as saying on Wednesday.
TEHRAN, September 19 (RIA Novosti) - Iran has drawn up plans for retaliation in the event of an attack from Israel, the deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force was reported by Fars news agency as saying on Wednesday.

Gen. Mohammad Alavi said Iran has missiles that can reach Israeli territory, while Israel is not in a position to pose a serious threat to Iran.

He also dismissed reports in Western media suggesting that pinpoint air strikes could be delivered against Iran, neutralizing the country's Air Force with surprise attacks.

"We are ready to stand up to any attack and will not allow enemy bombers to carry out such strikes," Alavi said.

He also said that Iran's radars are monitoring activities near its borders around the clock, and that the country has the capability to counter cruise missiles.

Iran has successfully tested Shahab-2 and Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missiles, as well as Scud-B, Fateh-110 and other missiles.

The country is believed to have one of the largest ballistic missile forces in the developing world, and is reportedly running an ambitious missile development program. Many countries also suspect it of developing nuclear weapons through its uranium enrichment program.