Iran intensifies war games by conducting military drills near the Azerbaijani border.
The Iranian Army has begun a military drill in the country’s northwestern region, which will include armoured trucks, artillery batteries, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and electronic warfare units.
The Army is being supported by helicopter gunships in an exercise code-named Fatehan-e Khaybar, which adds to the military assets on the ground (Conquerors of Khaybar). While some Iranian authorities maintain the war simulations are merely operational, others have suggested that relations between Tehran and its northern neighbor, Azerbaijan, are deteriorating.
The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, told reporters in Iran on Wednesday that Iran will not tolerate its neighbors becoming “a safe haven and a basis for the presence and anti-security actions of the phony Zionist regime.”
Brigadier General Kiomars Haydari said regional violent non-state entities were also in the area, adding to the Islamic Republic’s security priorities.
“The overt and covert presence of the Zionist regime’s proxies, as well as the prospect of a considerable number of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in regional countries,” stated General Haydari.
“Because we don’t know whether they’ve left the region,” he continued, “the drill sends them a message.” They and the Zionists must understand that they have no place in the region, and that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces are quite sensitive to them, and will deal with them wherever they are seen.” The ‘Zionist Regime’ rhetoric stems from the fact that Azerbaijan was given Israeli drones, which were deployed against Armenian targets during the recent battle in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Israel has recently bolstered its ties with Azerbaijan, offering Tel Aviv a strategic geopolitical ally in the fight against the Islamic Republic.
Tel-Aviv has also recently normalized relations with a number of Arab countries, including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco, with the first commercial flight between Tel-Aviv and Manama taking place only this week.
Iran’s defense preparations have stepped up in response to the vacuum left after the Afghan government collapsed, as well as the alleged enclaves of ISIS Takfiri terrorists left behind in Nagoro-Karabakh.
Following the withdrawal of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by former US President Donald Trump, Iran has had to rely on local defense strategy and weapons.
Brigadier Haydari made a point. “Brinkwire News Summary.”