Iran held 10 maneuvers in Trump's last two months: Military chief

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Iran Press TV

Sunday, 21 February 2021 6:47 PM

The Islamic Republic conducted 10 military maneuvers during the last two months of the tenure of Donald Trump, the former US president, to counter mounting pressure from his administration, says Iran’s top military commander.

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with a senior Iranian cleric and a source of emulation, Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani, in the city of Qom.

Baqeri said the Trump administration stepped up pressure on Iran in the said two months, engaging in provocative activities in the region.

“During this [two-month] period, as ordered by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, ten [military] drills were carried out across the country without prior planning. All of them were conducted with full force after the order issued [by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei],” the commander said.

The military drills were staged with utmost power as soon as the order came in from Ayatollah Khamenei, he added.

“The maneuvers covered various fields including the missile and drone defense as well as the naval and air defense fields, ending the enemy’s acts of mischief in the region, and forcing it to take its leave,” General Baqeri remarked, highlighting that Iran’s security was well-preserved during the period.

The Iranian armed forces, he said, faced the enemy’s pressure during the last two Trump years. The pressure was significantly in the form of Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement and its intensification of sanctions.

Thank God, Baqeri continued, the enemy was ultimately forced to leave the region with humiliation and without its dreams coming true against the backdrop of the Leader’s command.

In the final two-month period of the Trump era, the United States flew its strategic B-52 bombers several times over the Persian Gulf in an attempt to intimidate the Islamic Republic..

The US also dispatched a nuclear-powered submarine to the Persian Gulf. The USS Georgia was accompanied by two warships, making it the first missile-loaded submarine of its kind to enter the region in eight years.

The Trump administration adopted a “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran after it unilaterally pulled out of the UN-endorsed nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018.

Since then, Trump’s White House garnered all of its economic power to pressure Iran into submission, while at the same time taking high-risk military provocations against Tehran, including its high-profile assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in January 2020.

In response, the Islamic Republic took well-calculated retaliatory measures against both the illegal sanctions and Soleimani’s assassination.

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