Iran: 700 drone attacks against Daesh in Syria

Most of the attacks were carried out by the locally-produced Saegheh drone, which was reverse-engineered from a US RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011. (AP)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Iran: 700 drone attacks against Daesh in Syria

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have carried out 700 drone strikes against forces of the Daesh group in Syria, its aerospace chief told conservative news agency Fars on Tuesday.
“Our bomber drones have carried out 700 military operations using smart bombs against Daesh,” said Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajjizadeh.
“They were used in eliminating tanks, personnel carriers, cars used for suicide attacks and 23- millimeter cannons — these were targets prized by Daesh and we significantly turned the tide of battle,” he added.
The guards most recently used military drones against Daesh targets in Syria on October 1, in retaliation for a deadly attack in September on a military parade in Iran’s southwest claimed by the militant group.
Seven military drones as well as six ballistic missiles struck the “Daesh headquarters” in the eastern Syrian town of Hajjin, about 24 kilometers north of Albu Kamal bordering Iraq, state TV reported.
Iranian media said published images indicated the drones were locally-produced “Saegheh” craft, reverse-engineered from a US RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011.
Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said at the time that the strikes were the first time the drones had “crossed multiple countries and reached their targets.”
It was also the first time Iran had officially announced it was using combat drones outside of its borders, the conservative Tasnim news agency said.
Iran is a key backer of Syria’s President Bashar Assad and a large contingent of Revolutionary Guards operate in the country as “military advisers.”


US President Donald Trump: Other countries should protect own Gulf shipping

Updated 24 June 2019
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US President Donald Trump: Other countries should protect own Gulf shipping

  • ‘So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that other countries, including China and Japan, should protect their own oil tankers in the Middle East.

“So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation,” Trump said on Twitter. “All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey.”

Trump made the comments amid an escalation in tensions with Iran, as Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers, owned by Japan and Norway, in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of a US drone off the coast of Iran. Both Washington and Tehran have said they do not want a war.

The United States is expected to unveil new sanctions against Iran on Monday, aimed at further restricting Tehran’s resources.

Trump’s remarks echo those he has made about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He has called for the alliance’s member nations to spend more on defense.