WW3 fears SURGE as Iran fires missiles and launches largest warship in Trump challenge

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The missile drill, which took place over two days, was held in the southeast of the gulf. Two new Iranian warships took part in the exercises which took place as tensions with the United States remain high.

Zereh, a missile launching vessel, and Makran, a support vessel complete with a helicopter pad, were both involved.

Makran is now the largest vessel in the Iranian navy.

Iranian forces have stepped up exercises over the past week with a large military drone test taking place across the country last week.

On Saturday Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard took part in a naval parade across the Persian Gulf.

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Revolutionary Guard commanders sworn revenge after Qasem Soleimani, who led its external Quds Force, was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3 2020.

The US claimed Soleimani had helped organise attacks on western forces across the Middle East.

Following the killing Iran launched missiles at a major US military base in Iraq causing a number of injuries.

Earlier this week US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upped the rhetorical conflict with Iran accusing the country of working with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.

Speaking at the US National Press Club he commented: “Unlike in Afghanistan, when al-Qaeda was hiding in the mountains, al-Qaeda today is operating under the hard shell of the Iranian regime’s protection.

“As a result, Bin Laden’s wicked creation is poised to gain strength and capabilities.

“Al-Qaeda has a new home base: it is the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Mr Pompeo didn’t provide specific evidence and Iran has been targeted in the past by extremist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS.


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The Secretary of State also confirmed Abu Muhammad al-Masri, Al-Qaeda’s second in command, died in Tehran last August.

Reports at the time suggested he was gunned down by Israeli agents, though Mr Pompeo did not confirm this.

In 2018 President Trump withdrew America from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.

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The move was condemned by China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany which had also signed the agreement.

Mr Trump alleged Iran was violating the spirit of the agreement by continuing to develop long-range missiles and funding terror groups across the Middle East.

Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency it plans to resume enriching uranium at 20 percent purity in a major violation of the deal.

Uranium enriched to 90 percent is required to make a nuclear weapon, which the US and Israel fear is Iran’s ultimate intention.

On November 27 Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, was assassinated in Iran.

According to a top Revolutionary Guard commander the attackers used a satellite-controlled machine gun and no human attackers were at the scene.

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