Entries in Military Exercise (6)


Iran Launches War Games Against 'Hypothetical Sensitive Sites'

EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AFP/Getty Images (file photo)(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran went through a series of war games Monday to test their readiness to deal with an air assault.

The reportedly massive exercise was meant to prove that Tehran can retaliate against "hypothetical sensitive sites" should it come under attack.

There has been talk over the past year of Israel possibly launching a preemptive military strike to knock out Iran's rogue nuclear program.  The U.S. says that while all options are on the table to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, it would prefer to force Iran's hand through tough diplomatic and economic sanctions.

Meanwhile, the war games that took place Monday were apparently scheduled before Iranian fighter jets took some pot shots at a U.S. predator drone the Pentagon says was flying in international air space.

The Iranians claim their surface-to-air system mirrors the U.S. Hawk system and can lock on to an object 50 miles away and knock it out of the air from a distance of 30 miles.

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Iran Test Fires Missiles in Strait of Hormuz

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- As U.S.-led naval maneuvers wind down in the Gulf, Iran has reportedly conducted its own drill not far away.

The country says it test fired four missiles capable of hitting ships and sunk its target in less than a minute.  The exercises, which were previously scheduled, took place in the Strait of Hormuz -- a key passage way for 20 percent of the world's oil -- and just 250 miles from where the U.S. has been conducting mine sweeping exercises.

The drill comes at a very tense time, with Israel saying Iran's nuclear program must be stopped and urging the U.S. to take a tougher line.

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Iran: 'Long-Range' Missiles Attack 'Mock Enemy Bases'

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(TEHRAN, Iran) -- 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 on Tuesday.

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."

The United States and Israel have for years been locked in a struggle with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program and the leaders of both the Israeli and American governments have said that any option -- including military action -- was "on the table" should it become clear Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.  Iranian officials have denied the nation seeks nuclear weapons and said Iran is only enriching uranium for domestic nuclear power purposes.

A day before the drills, Iran's foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi told another state media outlet, ISNA, that there is "no option" to end the nuclear conflict except a "diplomatic and political" one.  Any other option, he said, would not be sought by a "sane" person.

"We have repeatedly emphasized that we are seeking interaction and do not welcome confrontation, but if they want to act unwisely, they must be aware that the Islamic Republic of Iran will gloriously defend its integrity..." he said, according to the Tehran Times.  "However, I believe that we will not get to that point."

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.

While the Iranian news reports described some of the missiles as "long-range," none of those described are believed to have a range anywhere near what the U.S. military considers long range -- a term usually reserved for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets more than 3,400 miles away.

The new drills also coincided with fresh tensions that followed a new round of harsh sanctions against Iran that targeted Iran's oil exports to Europe.  Dozens of Iranian lawmakers have reportedly called on the Iranian military to shut down the Strait of Hormuz -- a narrow, strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea through which an estimated one-fifth of the world's oil travels.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the U.S. military has quietly strengthened its presence near the Strait of Hormuz as a precaution against such an action.

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Report: US War Game Points to Drawbacks of Attacking Iran

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American officials familiar with a recent classified war simulation exercise carried out by Central Command in the Middle East are reportedly concerned that the U.S. would be drawn into a wider war in the region if Israel goes ahead and attacks Iran to wipe out its nuclear program.

The two-week test was intended to only get a handle on the U.S. military capabilities to respond to such a crisis, not to rehearse a possible military strike if it came to that, The New York Times reports, citing officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

But the outcome of the exercise suggests that it would be almost unavoidable for American forces not to get directly involved, which could immediately lead to the loss of hundreds of lives on Navy warships that are stationed in the region.

It's believed that a preemptive strike by Israel would push back Iran's nuclear program by a year, and if joined by American firepower, perhaps by two years, according to the Times.  However, if President Obama should order a full-scale strike, Iran's nuclear program could be significantly damaged.

The administration has already said it prefers to settle the matter through sanctions and diplomatic means while cautioning Israel about the unknowable repercussions of what could happen if it decides to move ahead unilaterally.

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Iran Conducting Annual Missile Tests

Peter Essick/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Just in case the world has forgotten them, the Iranians are currently undertaking a series of missile tests.

The annual exercise by Iran's Revolutionary Guard lasts 10 days and includes medium-range missiles aimed at sea targets.

Normally secretive about everything, the Guard says it has also created a network of underground missile silos.

Iran says the tests are necessary to be ready for "asymmetrical warfare," which is a convoluted way of saying it will fire back if the U.S. and Israel try to attack.

The Revolutionary Guard, considered the real military power in Iran, maintains that it can easily strike Israel with missiles as well as U.S. bases and battleships stationed in the Persian Gulf.

However, Tehran is also careful to emphasize that these military games are meant to send a message of “peace and friendship” to regional countries.

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South Korea Holds Military Drills; Receives No Threats from North

Photo Courtesy - Korea Pool/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's army and air force held a large military exercise on its border Thursday, with criticism but no threats from North Korea.

The drills were held in the Pocheon region, close to the north-south border.  It was the largest combined army and air force drill during winter time.  Units involved included tanks, three dozen self propelled artillery, fighter jets and multiple rocket launchers.

In contrast to threats in recent weeks, North Korea had a muted response to the drills.  It said Thursday that South Korea is trying to hide provocative nature toward the north.  The response was part of a comment in the form of a news dispatch rather than in the name of the government wing.

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