TEL AVIV – U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf and Arab intelligence services have noted the establishment of Iranian missile launch sites aimed in the direction of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence officials speaking to WND.
The U.S. and Arab countries are investigating whether Iran has a working plan to retaliate not only by firing missiles at Israel but by targeting Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the event of a U.S. or Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, the officials said.
The officials further said they believe Iran estimates that striking oil and gas resources in Qatar or Saudi Arabia would raise more pressure on the Obama administration to stop an Israeli offensive than only targeting Israel. They said they believe Qatar and Saudi Arabia could be primary targets even if it is only Israel that strikes Iran.
The information came as Iran claimed Sunday it obtained a “massive” number of new long-range missile launchers.
Iranian state-run television quoted Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying the new weapon components delivered to Iranian military units would allow them to “crush the enemy” by simultaneously firing a large number of long-range surface-to-surface missiles.
While the missile deliveries could not be immediately verified, Iran said the projectiles have ranges of more than 1,200 miles, putting both Saudi Arabia and Qatar within range.