Iran’s Guard launches drill near Strait of Hormuz

The annual war game dubbed “The Great Prophet” came a day after the USS John C. Stennis, a US aircraft carrier, sailed into the Arabian Gulf on Friday. (File/AFP)
Updated 22 December 2018

Iran’s Guard launches drill near Strait of Hormuz

  • The annual war game dubbed “The Great Prophet” came a day after the USS John C. Stennis, a US aircraft carrier, sailed into the Arabian Gulf on Friday.
  • Tehran feels increasingly under pressure after President Donald Trump in November renewed sanctions that the US had lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran: State TV is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard ground force has launched a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.
The report Saturday said the guard’s forces will use combat helicopters and drones around Qeshm Island at the mouth of the straight.
The annual war game dubbed “The Great Prophet” came a day after the USS John C. Stennis, a US aircraft carrier, sailed into the Arabian Gulf on Friday. The Guard’s vessels trailed the Stennis and launched a drone to film the American ship.
Tehran feels increasingly under pressure after President Donald Trump in November renewed sanctions that the US had lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal. The US pulled out of the deal in May.


Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

Updated 20 August 2019

Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security officials say an explosion has happened in an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad.
The explosion is the latest in a series of mysterious blasts that have rocked military bases and weapons depots around the country recently.
The explosions have been in bases and warehouses belonging to militia groups under the umbrella of the mainly Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Some have been blamed on drone attacks, others on faulty storage.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's explosion near the Balad air base in Salaheddin province or either of the other two explosions.
In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi last week banned unauthorized flights throughout the country.