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Iran Holds Naval Drills Near Strategic Arabian Gulf Islands Held by UAE

US Navy to increase its presence on UAE-claimed Arabian Gulf islands.

According to the IRNA news agency, the Guard conducted the drills mostly on Abu Musa Island and landed troops on Greater Tunb Island.

According to the source, the exercise included the use of ships, drones, and missile units.

Iran did not provide a cause for the drill’s start, although unexpected military drills have occurred before.

General Hossein Salami, the head of the Guard, stated in a televised speech that “we always try for security and tranquilly; it is our way.”

All threats, even complex seditions and hidden scenarios and conflicts, are met with swift and severe replies in our country because we are always on the lookout.

However, hundreds of Marines and sailors on the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and the landing ship USS Carter Hall are now in route to the Arabian Gulf at the time of the practise.

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The United States has already sent A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets, F-16 and F-35 fighters, and the USS Thomas Hudner warship to the area.

As stated by the Pentagon, this move is “in response to recent attempts by Iran to threaten the free flow of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and its surrounding waters.”

The US sees the small canal linking the Arabian Gulf to the rest of the globe as important to national security and maintaining stable global energy prices since it transports around 20% of the world’s oil.

Since the nuclear agreement with international powers in 2015 collapsed, Iran has been enriching uranium to ever-closer levels to those needed for weapons.

Including Abu Musa and Greater Tunb in the exercise sends yet another message to the area.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s United Arab Emirates government still lays claim to the islands.

Since the withdrawal of British soldiers in 1971, Iran has had effective control of the islands, despite claims by the United Arab Emirates.

The Iranian takeover of the islands serves as a reminder of Tehran’s military power to its neighbours just as Iranian officials have been seeking to persuade Gulf Arab governments aligned with the US that “foreigners” aren’t require to safeguard the area.

Iran, which has provided Russia with bomb-carrying drones for its conflict in Ukraine, has been seeking to communicate its concern over recent statements made by Russia regarding the islands.

Earlier this summer, Russia issued a joint statement with the Gulf Cooperation Council demanding “bilateral negotiations or the International Court of Justice” to determine sovereignty over the islands.

The comments caused an uproar in Iran, and the Russian ambassador called to Tehran to explain themselves.

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