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    Iran's Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan (2nd L) pointing at an anti-missile system missiles of Sayyad-2 (Hunter 2), during the inauguration of it's production line in Tehran on November 9, 2013

    Iran Concludes War Drills Promising US ‘Slap in the Face’

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    After a flurry of military drills that included artillery, tank, and helicopter exercises, an Iran Revolutionary Guard official warned that underestimating Iran’s military prowess could lead to the US being on the wrong end of a “strong slap in the face.”

    The nation’s most elite fighting force is "prepared to confront whatever threat [is] posed to the Islamic Republic’s establishment," Brig. Gen. Ali Akbar Pourjamshidian said, according to local TV. "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," said Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, chief of the Iran Revolutionary Guard infantry battalions, according to Sepahnews. 

    Pakpour added that the message being sent by the military drills and subsequent aggressive rhetoric is meant for those powers embodying "world arrogance," presumably the US and Israel, primarily, "to not do anything stupid." This message comes in response to a remark made by ex-US-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announcing an unprecedented measure to put Iran "on notice."

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    The Guard also tested a series of "smart and advanced" rockets and drones during military exercises in central and eastern Iran, according to the Tasnim news agency. Pakpour told local media outlets that the Guard tested rockets with a range greater than 100km (62 miles), in addition to the Fajr-3, Fajr-4, and Fajr-5 rockets, none of which is believed to travel further than 100km, Israel National News reported. 

    Tensions with Israel also ticked up, with military analysts at Tasnim arguing that Iran’s ally in Hezbollah could deploy Fateh 100 missiles from within Lebanon’s borders to target an Israeli nuclear plant at Dimona. Hezbollah commander Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah noted last week that the armed group could could strike Dimona.

    A University of Pennsylvania initiative, the Iran Media Program, has observed that a policy of ‘rhetoric aggression’ is a source of strength for "the country’s conduct of a defensive foreign strategy," which represents "a strident security discourse of radical pragmatism projected onto the public square to achieve specific foreign policy gains outside the use of force." The use of media has been deployed for such gains for 40 years, the researchers added. In addition to being a "defensive mechanism" to defend Iran’s image from negative portrayal by America, rhetorical aggression has been used as "an offensive one to project similarly toxic language toward Washington."


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    • American Socialist
      Long live Iran!
      ~ i wish nothing but the worst for The Evil Empire and cannot wait for it's dethroning.
    • avatar
      double bonus
      [Iran Revolutionary Guard official warned that underestimating Iran’s military prowess could lead to the US being on the wrong end of a “strong slap in the face.”]

      The kidnapping of US diplomats for 444-days in 1979 was a "slap in the face".
    • avatar
      Russia/China have Iran's back. They would never behave and talk like this without Russia/China approval. The U.S. had better back off immediately.
    • avatar
      And RF, China and many other nations stand with Iran on U$ american aggression
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      ViTranin reply tolinfeng(Show commentHide comment)
      linfeng, Not just RF, China ... but many more nations that have had enough of u$ american aggression !
    • avatar
      Iran or anyone else should understand and by now should see how Lybia, Syria, and Iraq looked like. Nowadays, wars are meant to not winning but to destroy. A war to destroy, does not matter how strong you are, by the time they stop the triggers, you are sending back to stone age. You don't have a metal lid to cover your land so just have to learn to select your words more carefully. Your enemies could just walk to war with you base singlely on your daring words.
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      peaceactivist2in reply todouble bonus(Show commentHide comment)
      double bonus, don't say that, that time was my kinded President Carter only. If it was anyone else, Iran would still licking her wounds at this moment
    • letm4851
      I don't agree with that statement, because nuclear facilities should be off limit for any retaliatory. In case of Hezbollah destroy Dimona Nuclear power plant radiation will engulf all of them, so, do you want to fight and win or you just like to go down with you enemy which is your 2nd cousin (Israelites) because you are Ismaelites..It's time to pick up the phone and call you cousin have a meting sip some tea and begin to solve some problem...GEES!
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      by now, the only country who illegally and without any permission bombed nuclear plant, it is Israel, but now seems the UN are busy only to see how to find an excuse to condemn Syria for to be hited, like to say the raped should be punished, not the beast!
    • infomsed91.see
      this is a 4 years old defense system now get the bavar373 and s300 pm2 favorite and some additional components from s400!
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