Iran’s paramilitary revolutionary guard launched underground ballistic missiles on Wednesday as part of an exercise that focused on a replica of an American air carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, signaling a demonstration of US power with which they are already at odds.
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“For the first time, we launched the launch of ballistic missiles from the depths of the Earth,” said state television gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Guard Air Division. he suddenly ripped out of the ground and hit their targets exactly. “
Drone footage captured by the guard showed two missiles fired from covered positions in the desert nearly Wednesday morning, with the wreckage flying immediately into the air. The guard did not identify the launch site or the missiles involved, but it appeared to be close to Iran’s central desert plateau.
Iran has developed and stored some of its ballistic missiles underground to protect them from destruction or seizure by enemy countries.
The testing comes amid ongoing tensions between Washington and Tehran, especially after the US strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, in January.
Photographs from the drill entitled “The Great Prophet 14” – published by the news agency Tasnim, showed an American coffin-shaped carrier with a set of crosshairs, with a caption quoted by the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who pledged to seek revenge. for attack.
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The ballistic missile attack revealed from the exercise the day before resulted in the alert of American troops at Al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and at Al-Udeid Air Base, the leading headquarters of the US Army Central Command in Qatar. , the army said. The soldiers were briefly seeking refuge at the time.
Both bases are hundreds of kilometers from where Iran placed a replica aircraft carrier in the strait, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, through which 20% of all the oil traded passes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.