Iranian Commandos & paratroopers have started a massive military exercise involving special units. The drills are the latest in a series of war games held by the country in recent weeks, amid soaring tensions in the Persian Gulf.
The exercise, dubbed ‘Eqtedar 99’ (‘Power 99’) kicked off in southern Iran close to the mouth of the Gulf early on Tuesday. The war game was organized by the country’s army ground force, supported by air force and aviation units.
Footage of the exercise, released by Iranian state media, shows commandos disembarking from helicopters in the desert, and a large paratrooper unit dropping from transport planes, with mechanized units providing support to the airborne infantry.
In recent weeks, Tehran has held a series of various exercises that involved different units of the country’s military. Last week, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a two-day war game, focused on ballistic missile and kamikaze drone use.
The missiles were launched at ground targets, as well as destroying mock warships located some 1,800 km away from the firing positions.
International tensions have been particularly high in the troubled waters of the Persian Gulf lately.
The escalation followed the seizure of a South Korean tanker by the IRGC, due to the alleged “oil pollution” it presumably produced.
The incident prompted the US to deploy a nuclear submarine into the Gulf, as well as to reverse its decision to pull the USS Nimitz carrier group from the Middle East.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.