The Iranian military has launched a barrage of missiles at “mock enemy bases” as part of a major war games exercise aimed at dissuading any potential outsider attack, the nation’s state-run media reported today.
During what is called “The Great Prophet 7” drills, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “targeted and destroyed hypothetical bases of ultra-regional forces set up in desert areas,” according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency. The reports did not identify the “ultra-regional forces” but alluded to the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Iran and the U.S., which has several major military installations in the region.
“The main aim of this drill was to demonstrate the Iranian nation’s political resolve to defend [its] vital values and national interests,” IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said, according to another state-run news outlet, Press TV. Press TV paraphrased Salami’s description of the drills as a “firm response to those who threaten Iran with the option of military action.”
Press TV said that several different missile types were tested, including the Shabab-3, which reportedly has an operational range of over 900 miles, meaning it could reach potential targets throughout the Middle East. The U.S. and its allies have several military bases in the region, including the home of the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, a little over 120 miles from Iran’s southern border. Israel’s eastern border is about 600 miles from Iran’s mainland.
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