ICBPS MORNING BRIEF: Iran Starts Expansive Annual War Exercise Amid Tensions With U.S.
ICBPS Morning Brief– Iran has begun a three-day war exercise near the strategic-vital Strait of Hormuz with the maneuvers taking place amid heightened tenssions between Tehran and Washington.
Units from the navy, air force, and ground forces on Thursday participate in a nearly two million-square-kilometer (772,200-square-mile) area of the Gulf of Oman, according to the state-run TV.
“Submarines and drones had also been deployed,” dubbed Zolfaghar-99.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the drill, however, claims the exercise is aimed at “improving readiness in confronting foreign threats and any possible invasion”, but experts believe the war-exercise sends signals to the United States.
The U.S. had withdrawn drones from the exercise area after a warning from Iran, said the Rear Admiral.
“The exercise will be carried out in three stages: intelligence, tactics, and demonstration of power,” IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News quoted the Rear Admiral.
The military forces have launched various short-range surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and jet fighters and airborne troops descending on vessels, including a submarine.
“One of the missiles hit a drone from a mock enemy,” according to state media.
Islamic Republic of Iran’s propagandist minister Mohammad Javad Zarif previously called exercises “Hormuz Peace Plan.”
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