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JULY 2020

Elite US Marine Unit Conducts Live-Fire Drills In Persian Gulf “Message To Iran”

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Days ago we took note of Secretary of State Pompeo’s somewhat rare epic ‘regime change tweet tirade’ which included no less than nine fiery statements coming in minutes aimed at ‘rogue regimes’ Iran, Cuba and Venezuela.

Though some pundits have noted the administration is looking for a “distraction” and way out of the nation’s corona-crisis, perhaps eager to claim an easy ‘victory’ prior to November on the foreign policy front, it does look as if things in both the Persian Gulf and even Caribbean (where 5 Iranian fuel tankers are inbound to deliver gasoline to Maduro’s Venezuela) are heating up and set for violent showdown.

Amid an exchange of heightening threats and counter-threats between Tehran and Washington, Fox News reports that an elite US Marine unit is conducting ongoing ‘live-fire’ drills in the Persian Gulf. This is a clear “message to Iran” reports Fox’s Lucas Tomlinson.

Elite US Marine Unit Conducts Live-Fire Drills In Persian Gulf "Message To Iran"

US Marines in live-fire drills in Persian Gulf, via FOX.

“In a message to Iran, U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship does some target practice in Persian Gulf with the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit,” Thomlinson writes, also publishing rare photos of the late night operation.

He further describes: “The live-fire training began on same day U.S. military warned Iran to keep back 100 meters from its warships after harassment by small gunboats from Islamic Revolutionary Guard last month.”

Elite US Marine Unit Conducts Live-Fire Drills In Persian Gulf "Message To Iran"

US Marines in live-fire drills in Persian Gulf, via FOX.

Days ago, on May 19, the US Navy issued an alert which Reuters described as “aimed squarely at Iran”.

It warned that all ships in the gulf must stay at least 100 meters away from U.S. warships or risk being “interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures.”

Armed vessels approaching within 100 meters of a U.S. naval vessel may be interpreted as a threat,” the official maritime alert said.

Reuters noted further, “The Pentagon has stated that Trump’s threat was meant to underscore the Navy’s right to self-defense.”

This was after multiple filmed incidents involving Iranian naval ‘fast-boats’ in high-risk maneuvers near American ships, aimed at harassing the US presence.

Elite US Marine Unit Conducts Live-Fire Drills In Persian Gulf "Message To Iran"

Via Task & Purpose: “The US is using AC-130 gunships to blow targets out of the water in a clear message to Iran.”

As we’ve underscored before, a number of indicators suggest we are in for another hot ‘tanker war’ summer in the Gulf, akin to last year’s tit-for-tat escalation.

But this time around the potential for a major conflict is even more likely, given the US killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in January, which has significantly raised the stakes.

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    Stupid Americunt cowardly arseholes playing Hollywood heroes for domestic PR as the morons die like rabid dogs. Last time they got too close to Iran, this was the final result.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e4c1f5c0df8e513c174ab1d36ea7efe3bf9d99fa56f81c14e3fa30c44310fa0.jpg

  • Peter Moy

    I have some real world news for this so-called “elite marine unit’ – stay off your idiot cell phones or you may end up shooting each other. You’re not intimidating anyone, so go home before you end up looking real stupid….. again.

  • Wayne Nicholson

    Just burning through ordinance ordinance to help prop up the US economy.

    It’s not like after 40 years of this BS year in year out the Iranians are going to be “shocked and awed” by US awesomeness and start clamouring for levis jeans, coca-cola and rock and roll.

    This is for domestic consumption …. the deplorables who still get ‘shocked and awed” by US awesomeness despite never winning a war and are happy to spend their grandchildren’s hard earned money keeping the USA safe from iranian invasion and put their own levi jeans, coca-cola and rock and roll on mastercard.

  • Garga

    Did you notice that these raving lunatics compare a few unarmed commercial tankers with armed-to-the-teeth warships and call it “Iran’s highly provocative move”?

    I mean all of them, including the bi-polar ZH which is currently in over-drive in its Sinophobe ranting.

  • Thomas Osa Jeng

    What happens when u paint Israels flag black & red

    • verner

      don’t know but will have to try it out. something nazi-like I s’pose.

      • Thomas Osa Jeng

        Nah it would look like a satanic pentagram when the David star is red with black background

  • Raptar Driver

    The deplorable assholes who ordered Ruby Ridge and the Waco massacres later took complete control of our government. Now we bring the massacres to the world. We had a chance to stop them in the 90s but the economy was too good and people were making too much money to care. Now America is a rogue state that the world hates.

  • Tommy Jensen

    In a show of force out from a position of strength, US military most hardcore bad arses demonstrated what we are capable of against ANY dictatorship country.

    Our fully equipped boys dropped out from AC-130 Stealth Hyper Super Gunships in the American-Persian Sea, swimming 10km to the Iranian coast and took over an Iranian beach.

    With invisible coating our boys walked directly into an Iranian IRCG base, farted and returned back to our home base without a single scratch to show our back to Iran and send a clear signal to Tehran.

    Let this be all of you guys a lesson until next time.

    • ali

      american-persian sea huh? i guess it will have the word “American” attached to it once the blood of thousands of americans mixes up with it and their flesh feeds the fish. that’s the only and i repeat the only way america’s name is gonna be attached to the PERSIAN GULF, yank.

  • Assad must stay

    US will get it ass completely handed to it if it ends up in a war with Iran, these “live fire drills” are totally useless and do not even scare Iran, US should be ashamed of themselves for even thinking of the idea

  • Anthony Papagallo

    Iran doesn not need to ‘defeat’ the U.S.

    It is enough to ‘make her bleed’ and allow nature
    to take its course.