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New photos have been released showing senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Qassem Soleimani, on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a sarcastic message questioned the US Navy’s presence in the Persian Gulf, 7,500 miles away from the US territory.
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said 20,000 of his forces have been stationed in the Makran region located in southeast of the country, along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Iran and Saudi Arabia were confirmed as participants in the “Aman 2017” naval drills held in Pakistani waters on Friday.
Two US defence officials have claimed that an Iranian vessel has pointed its weapon at a US military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, in what they describe an “unsafe and unprofessional” move.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance with the merit of the Islamic Establishment.
Iran’s Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi praised the Navy’s capabilities, saying two homegrown watercraft are ready for naval missions in places as far as the Atlantic Ocean.