The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that his forces will respond to any perceived threat in the Persian Gulf, after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. forces to sink Iranian vessels harassing American ships.

Hossein Salami, the IRGC commander-in-chief, said Thursday he had ordered his forces in the Gulf to destroy any vessel or combat unit that threatened the safety of Iranian ships, according to the Iranian Young Journalists Club news agency. Salami specifically referred to “any American terrorist force” posing a threat.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed continued tensions between the U.S. and Iran in recent months, but the animosity between Washington and Tehran has resurfaced in recent days.

Last week, as many as 11 fast-attack IRGC ships encircled a group of U.S. warships in the Gulf. The U.S. Fifth Fleet said the move was “unsafe and unprofessional,” while the IRGC said the American ships were engaged in “illegal, unprofessional, dangerous and even adventurist behavior” in the area.

Then on Wednesday, Iran successfully launched a military satellite into orbit for the first time. The successful launch could have implications for the country’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, which is one of the grievances that prompted Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018. Iran has denied that the satellite launch is connected to its ICBM program.

Hours after the launch, Trump said he had ordered military units in the Gulf region to respond aggressively to any perceived Iranian threat. “I have instructed the United States Navy to if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump tweeted.

The U.S. Navy was already permitted to fire on aggressors in self-defense, though Trump’s tweet was interpreted as encouraging a more aggressive stance. The president clarified at a press conference later in the day that the military would not be changing its rules of engagement, telling reporters, “We’re covered, we’re covered 100 percent.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist told reporters: “The president issued an important warning to the Iranians, what he was emphasizing is all of our ships retain the right of self-defense.”

Iran was quick to dismiss the threat. Iranian Mission to the United Nations spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek: “In the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic when all attention worldwide is to combat this menace, the question is what the U.S. military is doing in Persian Gulf waters, 7000 miles from home.”

Parliamentary National Security Committee member Alaeddin Boroujerdi, meanwhile, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that Trump “wants to divert public opinion from the internal crisis of the United States and the shortcomings in various fields.”

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This file photo shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran’s central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019.

He further stated that every arrangements has been put in place this; These forces total about 610,000 active personnel (not including the Law Enforcement Force ). All branches of armed forces fall under the command of General Staff of Armed Forces . The Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics is responsible for planning logistics and funding of the armed forces and is not involved with in-the-field military operational command.
The Iranian military, which is equipped with relatively modern sophisticated US-made military equipment delivered before the 1979
Iranian Revolution , has been described as the Middle East’s “most powerful military force” by retired US General John Abizaid , former
CENTCOM Commander.
By the late Qajar dynasty , Persia formed the world’s first unified military consisting of the Ground, Naval and Air Forces. After the coup in 1953 , Iran began purchasing some weapons from Israel , the United States and other countries of the Western Bloc. Later, Iran began establishing its own armaments industry; its efforts in this remained largely unrecognised internationally, until recently.
Following the Iranian revolution in 1979, deteriorating relations with the U.S. resulted in international sanctions led by the US, including an arms embargo being imposed on Iran.
Revolutionary Iran was taken by surprise by the Iraqi invasion that began the Iran–Iraq War of 1980–1988. During this conflict, there were several conflicts against the United States. From 1987, the United States Central Command sought to stop Iranian mine-laying vessels from blocking the international sea lanes through the Persian Gulf in Operation Prime Chance . The operation lasted until 1989. On April 18, 1988, the US retaliated for the Iranian mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts in
Operation Praying Mantis . Simultaneously, the Iranian armed forces had to learn to maintain and keep operational, their large stocks of US-built equipment and weaponry without outside help, due to the American-led sanctions. However, Iran was able to obtain limited amounts of American-made armaments, when it was able to buy American spare parts and weaponry for its armed forces, during the Iran–Contra affair. At first, deliveries came via Israel and later, from the US.



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    And where will all this struggles lead to, vanity upon vanity, all vanity

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    Good info, thanks for the update

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