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Iran's supreme leader tacitly acknowledges Tehran hit little in its attack on Israel

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  18 comments

By:   The Associated Press

Iran's supreme leader tacitly acknowledges Tehran hit little in its attack on Israel
JERUSALEM — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday dismissed any discussion of whether Tehran's unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel hit anything there, a tacit acknowledgment that despite launching a major assault, few projectiles actually made it through to their targets.

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Analysts believe both Iran and Israel, regional archrivals locked in a shadow war for years, are trying to dial back tensions following a series of escalatory attacks between them as the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip rages on and inflames the wider region.

Khamenei, 85, made the comments in a meeting attended by the top ranks of Iran's regular military, police and paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, a powerful force within its Shiite theocracy.

"Debates by the other party about how many missiles were fired, how many of them hit the target and how many didn't, these are of secondary importance," Khamenei said in remarks aired by state television.

"The main issue is the emergence of the Iranian nation and Iranian military's will in an important international arena. This is what matters."

Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles that sought to overwhelm Israel's air defenses in the April 13 attack — the first on Israel by a foreign power since Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched Scud missiles at Israel in the 1991 Gulf War.

However, Israeli air defenses and fighter jets, backed by the U.S., the United Kingdom and neighboring Jordan, shot down the vast majority of the incoming fire.

Satellite images analyzed Saturday by The Associated Press showed the Iranian attack caused only minor damage at the Nevatim air base in southern Israel, including taking a chunk out of a taxiway that Israel quickly repaired.

Iran's attack came in response to a suspected Israeli strike on April 1 targeting a consular building next to the Iranian Embassy in Damascus, Syria, which killed two Guard generals and others.

"Today, thanks to the work done by our armed forces, the Revolutionary Guard, the army, the police, each in its own way, praise be to Allah the image of the country around the world has become commendable," added Khamenei, despite Iran facing public anger over its economy and crackdowns on dissent.


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evilone
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1  evilone    one month ago

Couple Iran's lack of damage to Israel, with Israel's response showing they could get past Iran's air defense if they wanted to, and the tone in Iran changed on a dime.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
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1.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  evilone @1    one month ago

I was thinking somewhat along the same lines.

Israel has a history of being able to circumvent other countries air defenses, what's the tally so far of r&d nuclear sites and power plants do they have?

From what I have read, I think what is an unspoken but larger concern of their adversaries, is the fact in this latest action, the munitions never showed up on radar, that is something to keep in mind.

They may be thinking the Israelis have gotten ahold of Klingon cloaking tech, or maybe refined the Philadelphia experiment.

It's black magic and voodoo I tell ya.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  evilone @1    one month ago

there's a lot of iranian kids going to college here that come from wealthy iranian families. wtf are these iranian religious wackos thinking?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
"Debates by the other party about how many missiles were fired, how many of them hit the target and how many didn't, these are of secondary importance," Khamenei said in remarks aired by state television. "The main issue is the emergence of the Iranian nation and Iranian military's will in an important international arena. This is what matters."

The main issue is the emergence of the Iranian nation and a military's will that is dangerous but inept.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2    one month ago

iranians seem a lot less inclined to martyr themselves.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @2.1    one month ago

Heaven running out of virgins?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    one month ago
the image of the country around the world has become commendable," added Khamenei

Uh, no.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

now that's laughable

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    one month ago

It's propaganda and spin.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    one month ago

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @3.1.2    one month ago

My favorite scene

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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3.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.3    one month ago

That is good, but I like the white rabbit myself.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.1.4    one month ago

Yeah...that one is funny, too

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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4  Nerm_L    4 weeks ago

But Iranian drones are getting through Ukrainian defenses.  The press and politicians have made a big deal of that.  Either we aren't being told the whole story - or - God really is on Israel's side.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5  Ronin2    4 weeks ago

Want to lay odds Iran is pushing Russia, China, and North Korea right now to bring their nuclear program up to weapons grade STAT? 

Some military leaders heads will be rolling for this. They have probably been feeding the Supreme Leader BS about how far they have come along military tech wise. They failed miserably. 

Look for Iran to double down on their proxy fighters while they work towards the day their next response to Israel acting against them will be nuclear. Though it may not be deployed by long range missile or drone.

 
 
 
JBB
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5.1  JBB  replied to  Ronin2 @5    4 weeks ago

As if Putin wasn't The Puppet Master who is pulling MAGA's, Iran's, and North Korea's strings. Pull back the curtain, the Iron Curtain...

original Good thing nobody buys Vlad's crap. Long Live Ukraine and Zelensky! 

original

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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5.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @5.1    4 weeks ago

256

 
 
 
George
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5.1.2  George  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.1.1    4 weeks ago

256

 
 

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