Iran Conducts Fifth Military Drill in Two Weeks Amid Tensions with US

Iran’s military conducted a drill along the coast of Makran and the Gulf of Oman on Jan. 19, the fifth drill in two weeks.

Iran’s military conducted a drill along the coast of Makran and the Gulf of Oman on Jan. 19, the fifth drill in two weeks.

State TV showed footage of armored vehicles, several missile launchers being fired, and paratroopers landing behind mock enemy territory from airplanes and preparing for attacks.

The army also released images that show missiles, tanks, helicopters, and dozens of soldiers ready to be deployed.

“The general goal of this drill is to assess the offensive and penetrative power of the ground forces against the enemy from air, ground, and sea,” Ground Forces Chief Kiomars Heidari told state TV.

“The recent war games show to enemies the Iranian nation’s will to defend its independence and territorial integrity. Our fingers are on the trigger on behalf of the nation,” Revolutionary Guard Commander General Hossein Salami told state TV.

In two weeks, Iran fired long-range ballistic missiles in the Indian Ocean, tested missiles and drones in the country’s central desert region, launched short-ranged cruise missiles in the Gulf of Oman, and tested maneuvers of domestically produced drones.

Iran’s latest drill came days after the fifth time in the last two months that the United States flew B-52 bombers over the Middle East. The first time took place just before the Jan. 3 assassination anniversary of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike ordered by Lame Duck President Donald Trump in Baghdad last year.

According to the state TV report, Iran has increased its military drills in response to the increased U.S. military presence and to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over the nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from in 2018.

Biden has said that the U.S. will rejoin the nuclear deal and promised to ease tensions with Iran.


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