Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, spoke today about Iran’s retaliation for the killing of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.
Hajizadeh first addressed a topic under debate by many analysts and Iran observers: whether Iran intended to kill American troops stationed at Ain al-Asad base in Iraq in the missile attack. “We could have targeted their lodging,” Hajizadeh said of US troops stationed at the base. “But we were not after killing individuals. We were determined to damage the war machine and their command and control center.” He claimed that the main control center at the base was destroyed in the attack.