Iran Conducts War Games

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CBNNews.com - PERSIAN GULF - Iran's Revolutionary Guards conducted a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf Tuesday.

The exercise involved the group's navy, air force and ballistic missiles.

The Islamic State's Revolutionary Guards have ground, air and naval forces that supplement Iran's regular military forces.

According to the group's Web site, the drill was meant to improve the "combat capability of the missile and naval units."

Ali Shirazi, a Revolutionary Guard official, said if Iran were attacked, Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Gulf would be targeted first.

"The Zionist regime is pushing the White House to prepare for a military strike on Iran," Shirazi said in a statement posted on the group's Web site.

"If attacked, we will overwhelm the enemy with our firepower," he said.

"If such stupidity is done by them, Tel Aviv and the US naval fleet in the Persian Gulf will be the first targets that will be set on fire in Iran's crushing response," the statement read.

According to Mahmoud Caharbagi, commander of the Revolutionary Guards' missile unit, "the long-range Fajer 3, Fajer 5 and Zizal, with ranges up to 150 kilometers [98 miles], are among the new instruments at the disposal of the Revolutionary Guards."

In June, the Revolutionary Guards threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz if the country were attacked.

Ahmadinejad: There Won't Be War

Meanwhile, during a visit to Malaysia Tuesday to attend a summit on developing Muslim nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said there won't be war between his country and Israel or the United States.

"I assure you that there won't be any war in the future," Ahmadinejad told reporters.

"[Israelis] are a complex political group, but you should know this regime will be eventually destroyed, and there is no need of any measure by the Iranian people," he said.

Addressing the United States, the Iranian president said the next US administration "would need at least 30 years in order to compensate, renovate and innovate the damages done by Mr. Bush."

"The greatest threat to the Middle East and the whole world…is the United States' intervention in other countries," he said, urging Washington to repair its reputation by "relying on [the] basis of justice, humanitarian acts and respect for human beings."

US Forces Drill in the Gulf 

US forces in the Persian Gulf have been conducting their own drill, which began last week and will end Monday.

The Combined Task Force (CTG) 152, which includes ships from the US, United Kingdom and Bahrain, are participating in the exercise.

"The aim of the exercise is to protect the maritime infrastructure, such as gas and oil terminals, which are vital to the world's economy and get out through the Straits of Hormuz," Lt. Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, told The Media Line.

Responding to threats to close the Straits of Hormuz, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said he would not allow Iran to close the straits, which is used to transport most of the oil produced in the area.

Sources: The Associated Press, YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, The Media Line 

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