İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran’s army has conducted another drill along the country’s southern coasts days after the United States flew nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over the Middle East. In what is the fifth military show of force in two weeks, the army’s ground forces held land, air, and sea war games along the coast of Makran and the Sea of Oman.
Analysts say the IRGC drills are often used as a show of strength and as a deterrent to Iran's regional and international enemies. On Saturday, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill, launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target at a distance of some 1,800 kilometers in the Indian Ocean, a day after the Guard’s aerospace division launched surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and drones against “hypothetical enemy bases” in the country’s vast central desert.
Rising military and political tensions between Iran and Western countries, especially the U.S., have provoke Iranian military officials to plan various military drills in the final days of the Trump administration. Biden is expected to take a less hawkish approach towards Iran than his predecessor President Donald Trump and has pledged to rejoin a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.