2021-April-11 02:34
2021-January-21  13:54

Top Security Official: Trump's Propaganda Campaign Foiled by Iranian Armed Forces' Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that the massive drills staged by the country's Armed Forces thwarted the propaganda campaign launched by former US President Donald Trump to intimidate Tehran.

"Trump’s propaganda campaigns to intimidate and influence political will did not reach anywhere by the powerful presence of Iranian Armed Forces and holding of rare military exercises,” Shamkhani wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.

"The Armed forces are the backbone of an  active resistance strategy," he added.

The Iranian Army Ground Force started wargames, codenamed Eqtedar 99, in the country’s Southeastern regions on Tuesday morning.

The drills were participated by the airborne units, special forces and rapid reaction brigades, and Iranian Army Commander Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, Army Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari and other senior military officials.

Also, the IRGC started the first phase of the Great Prophet 15 wargames with the IRGC Aerospace Force's massive missile launch and drone operations in the Central Desert of Iran on Friday.

The first stage of the Great Prophet (Payambar-e Azam) 15 drills of the IRGC kicked off on Friday morning with the codename of “Ya Fatimah al-Zahar”, during which ground-to-ground ballistic missiles were fired and offensive drone bombers operations were put into action in the general area of Iran’s Central Desert.

During the drills that began in the presence of General Salami, IRGC Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh and a number of senior commanders and officials of the Iranian Armed Forces, a new generation of ground-to-ground ballistic missiles and drones were used in compound offensive against hypothetical enemy bases, destroying all the specified targets.

IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami said on Tuesday that the recent wargames staged by the Iranian Armed Forces were aimed at displaying the country’s deterrent power and dissuade hostile moves by enemies.

“These drills are an important part of the Iranian nation’s deterrence policy,” General Salami told reporters in Tehran.

"Our finger is on the trigger on behalf of the great Iranian nation," General Salami said, and warned, "The Armed Forces' recent wargames carried an explicit message to the enemies to avoid miscalculation."

He added that the wargames give self-confidence and peace of mind to the Iranian nation and send this message to the enemies that the country is serious about defending its honor and is always ready for defense.

Also, General Mousavi lauded his forces for staging successful massive wargames, stressing the Ground Force’s readiness to conduct special and combined operations.

“In these drills, we witnessed a combination of armaments and equipment used by the multi-skilled forces and multi-purpose units of the Army,” General Mousavi said on Wednesday during the Army Ground Force’s Eqtedar (Might) 99 drills along the Makran coasts of the Sea of Oman and the Northern parts of the Indian Ocean.

“During the drills, the Ground Force displayed that it is at the highest level of preparedness to carry out special and combined operations,” he added.

General Mousavi underlined that the wargames staged during the past month by the Iranian Armed Forces were actually a warning to the enemies of Iran that they will regret any hostile move against the country that might result from their miscalculation.