The war of words is certainly escalating as Iran want to make sure they are taken seriously
The Iranian army is currently performing a massive “war game” in the desert and it seems the commanding officers are rather confident about their abilities.
Brig. Gen. Ali Akbar Pourjamshidian said: “The nation’s most elite fighting force is prepared to confront whatever threat [is] posed to the Islamic Republic’s establishment.”
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The comments are, most likely, in response to the Trump administration announcing an unprecedented measure to put Iran “on notice”.
The threat from the US came after an Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi warship by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen but gave no details about how Washington intended to respond.
The enemy will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake
General Mohammad Pakpour
The Iranian “war games” included tank, helicopter, artillery exercises alongside “smart and advanced” rockets and drones.
Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, chief of the Iran Revolutionary Guard infantry battalions added: "The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake.”
The comments, during a show of military strength by the Iranian army, will not go unnoticed
Pakpour was clearly confident as he claimed the message being sent by the military drills and subsequent aggressive rhetoric is meant for those powers embodying "world arrogance," and they should “not do anything stupid”.
The Iranian commander also said all the units taking part in the drills, including the infantry, air force, and commando units, achieved their “intended goals”.
Israel are always nervous about their neighbours in the middle east
The war drills have been codenamed as “Payambar-e Azam 11 (The Great Prophet)”.
Tensions with Israel are also high, with Pakpour declaring the Guard tested rockets with a range greater than 100km (62 miles).
The Iran Media Program, a University of Pennsylvania initiative, has observed that a policy of ‘rhetoric aggression’ is a source of strength for "the country’s conduct of a defensive foreign strategy.”
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