Rear Admiral in Iran Hossein Khanzadi told reporters Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the region. “Today, the era of American free action in the region is over,” Khanzadi said, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. “They must leave the region gradually,” he added.
The commander of Iran’s navy has warned that the U.S. has no business in Middle Eastern waters after his forces held joint naval drills with Russia and China. Iran is one of those nations that loves to brag about military capabilities they don’t actually possess, to convince themselves of how strong they are when the rest of the world knows it’s all a ruse. At least that’s how it’s always been since the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979. But just yesterday they concluded war games, Operation Marine Security Belt, with Russia and China who are very powerful nations, and who now seem to be in a partnership with Iran. “And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.” Daniel 11:2 (KJV) Iran has gone from being a laughable little nation whose bark is worse than their bite, to becoming a dark and mysterious wildcard that now may be functioning as bait to draw the United States into a large-scale international conflict. And there’s nothing funny about that.
Iran Warns U.S That Days Of Middle East Dominance Are Over
FROM NEWSWEEK: Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters in Iran Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the region.
“TODAY, THE ERA OF AMERICAN FREE ACTION IN THE REGION IS OVER,” KHANZADI SAID, ACCORDING TO THE IRANIAN TASNIM NEWS AGENCY. “THEY MUST LEAVE THE REGION GRADUALLY,” HE ADDED.
The rear admiral said U.S. forces are not needed to ensure security in the area, where American and Iranian forces have been facing off amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran over the collapsed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
The joint drills coincided with an attack on American forces in Iraq, suspected to have been launched by an Iranian-backed militia. The rocket attack on an Iraqi military base on Friday killed one American civilian defense contractor and wounded four service members.
In response, the U.S. conducted airstrikes on Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Khanzadi said Sunday U.S. forces were not needed in the region.
“Regional countries themselves can ensure security together,” he said. “The presence of Americans only creates insecurity in the region,” he added, according to the state-backed Fars news agency.
The rear admiral suggested that Iran’s “friends” would be reassured by the exercises, while its adversaries should take the drills as a warning. He also said he hoped more regional nations would join future Iranian exercises. “We believe that maritime security definitely needs collective action,” Khanzadi explained. READ MORE