Iranian navy announces 20 military drills over coming months

The Iranian Navy announced this week that it will conduct 20 military drills over the next nine months.

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made the announcement to reporters on Monday, saying that by March 2017, 20 war games will have been staged over the Iranian year (March 20, 2016 – March 20, 2017).

Sayyari said Iran’s territorial waters were “in full security” and that Iran’s defense capabilities were “so high that no enemy would dare to invade the territorial waters of Iran,” according to the Tasnim news agency.

The military drills include intelligence operations, rescue missions, submarine deployments and missile tests, for which Tehran came under harsh international criticism.

In March, Iran said it conducted a series of new ballistic missile tests to demonstrate “deterrent power” and the country’s “all-out readiness to confront threats” against its territorial integrity.

Israel has pointed to continued ballistic missile tests as proof Tehran plans to continue pursuing a nuclear weapon, despite a landmark deal signed with world powers last year that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Full article: Iranian navy announces 20 military drills over coming months (World Tribune)

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