Iran claims that the recent show of force by the United States, which included flights by strategic bombers and deployment of aircraft carriers, demonstrate that Washington is fearful of the Iranian military might.
“Flights by two American B-52 bombers over the region and their return [to their home bases] does not bear considerable operational value,” Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on January 18.
“The set of actions which they [the US] have called a display of power, indicates that they are fearful and in awe of the Islamic Republic’s defensive might,” Baqeri said.
Meanwhile, Iran continued showcasing its own forces by conducting large-scale drills in the region of the Persian Gulf.
On January 19, the Iranian Army’s Ground Force launched a new drill codenamed Eqtedar (Strength) 99, The drill is taking place on the southeastern Makran coast. The drill includes airborne brigades, special forces and rapid reaction units, which are being supported by the Army’s Air Force and Aviation Unit.
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