Rising tensions that, according to President Trump, left the United States just short of open conflict with Iran this week highlight a grim reality that the Pentagon has coped with for years: While the U.S. military outguns Iran, Tehran could still make even a limited war painful.
Iran’s military has more than 700,000 troops, including a conventional army of about 350,000 soldiers, according to a Congressional Research Service report published last month. That’s not counting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a specialized force comprising another 125,000 troops in its army and 20,000 personnel in its navy, the CRS report said.
It’s the IRGC that has created friction between the United States and Iran. The force, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the administration in April, patrols the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, oversees Iran’s ballistic missile programs and claimed responsibility for launching the missile that downed a U.S. RQ-4 surveillance drone over the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, prompting the Trump administration to plan a retaliatory strike before the president halted it late in the day.
A review of Iran’s weapons shows that many of them are “obsolete, obsolescent, or of relatively low quality,” according to a 2018 report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But the report adds that Tehran’s ballistic and cruise missiles, air defenses and use of proxy forces can “scarcely be ignored.”
A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the matter’s extreme sensitivity, said Friday that ships accompanying the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln were poised to strike if called upon. They included the USS Bainbridge, a destroyer, and the USS Leyte Gulf, a guided-missile cruiser, both of which can carry Tomahawk missiles, the official said.
Aug 12, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Hook’s resignation proves US’ anti-Iran policies inept’
Aug 12, 2020 Comments Off on Iran hails claimed coronavirus vaccine breakthrough
Aug 12, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Considers Allowing People To Invest In Oil On Local Exchange
Aug 11, 2020 Comments Off on US-Iran won’t make deals as President Trump has suggested: Iranian spokesman
Jul 25, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus: How Iran is battling a new wave of coronavirus
Jul 25, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Flagrant violation’: Iran protests US jet approach at UN
Jul 24, 2020 Comments Off on Blackbaud Hack: Universities lose data to ransomware attack
Jul 24, 2020 Comments Off on Nuclear Gulf: Is Saudi Arabia pushing itself into a nuclear trap?
Jul 25, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Flagrant violation’: Iran protests US jet approach at UNIran has protested the “flagrant violation” of international law to the United Nations after it said United States fighter jets sparked panic on an Iranian passenger plane over Syria. ...
Jul 22, 2020 Comments Off on Ayatollah Khamenei Hints Iran Yet to Strike ‘Reciprocal Blow’ Against US Over Soleimani KillingThe January 3 drone strike assassination of Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad brought Iran and the US to the brink of war, with Tehran responding with missile strikes on...
Feb 10, 2020 Comments Off on Qasem Soleimani, a hero or a terrorist?On 3rd of January a news spread in social media regarding Qasem Soleimani and AbuMahdi Mohandes who has died by a US drone strike near Baghdad Airport and this was the end of their lives. In social media, especially Iranian users, there was a chaotic situation, some called of “the general of...