The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, said that the hostile and aggressive behaviour of Iran has not changed since the United States put the country “on notice” at the beginning of the month.
Iran conducted its first test-firing of a ballistic missile since President Trump took office at the end of January. The President and his (now former) national security adviser Michael Flynn said a few days later that Iran was “on notice”. Another reason they stated for putting Iran on notice was its support for terrorist groups – Houthi rebels in Yemen, for example.
On Tuesday February 21, thousands of people rallied outside Iran’s parliament in Tehran. 1,000 retired nurses from across Iran held a gathering to protest and demand better pensions. Women consisted of the majority in this gathering.
Another 400 retired Interior Ministry workers from Khorasan Razavi Province, northeast Iran, also held a gathering at this site, protesting and holding placards written, “We demand pensions and insurance equal to other ministries.”
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Moftuglu issued a stark warning to Iran on Monday, February 20th.
“This is neither acceptable nor understandable that a country sending foreign refugees into war, to accuse others of inflicting regional tensions,” he said.
Iran must take constructive steps and instead of complaining against countries criticizing its actions, it should start re-evaluating its regional policies, he added.
Despite the US sanctions placed on Iran, its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out more missile testing at the beginning of the week. This was the start of the military manoeuvres that will last three days.
The drills named “Payambar-e Azam 11”, The Great Prophet in English, are on a large scale and will be done in two stages. The Tamsin news agency said that the drills will include the use of air force units, artillery, air defence, infantry and drones.
On Monday, the first day of drills, the IRGC used advanced and smart rockets. The exercised involved practicing to hit enemy locations.
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