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Iran targets replica US aircraft carrier during military drills in Strait of Hormuz

July 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In this photo released Tuesday, July 28, 2020, by Sepahnews, Revolutionary Guard's speed boats circle around a replica aircraft carrier during a military exercise. Iran???s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has fired a missile from a helicopter targeting the mock-up aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. That's according to footage aired on state television on Tuesday. Iranian commandos also fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the footage from the exercise called ???Great Prophet 14.??? The drill appears aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Sepahnews via AP)

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps targeted a replica of a US aircraft carrier on Tuesday night during military drills at the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

(CNN)Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps struck mock targets, including a replica of a US aircraft carrier, on Tuesday night during military drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The exercises, which included long-range ballistic missiles and drones, sent two US bases in Qatar and the UAE into high alert.

Iran's long-range ballistic missiles have been a bone of contention between Tehran and its regional rivals, namely Saudi Arabia.

In January, Iran responded to the US killing of general Qassem Soleimani by launching several rounds of ballistic missiles at US positions in Iraq, causing some material damage and injuring some troops.

"At approximately 5:30 a. m. local time, Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the southern Arabian Gulf.

Initial assessment indicated a potential threat to Al Udeid Air Base and Al Dhafra Air Base," said Capt.

The incident lasted for a matter of minutes, and an all clear was declared after the threat indicator had passed. "

No missile approached the area, officials said.

"We cannot speak to what Iran hopes to gain by building this mockup, or what tactical value they hope to gain by using such a mock-up in a training or offensive exercise scenario," said Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the US Fifth Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain.

Iranian military spokesman Brigadier General Abbas Niliforoushan said the drills promoted "combat readiness" aimed at safeguarding air and sea lanes and providing support and "readiness for every scenario. "

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