14.01.2021 | WW3 fears surge as Iran fires missiles and launches largest warship in Trump challenge
Source - The Daily Express
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.
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.
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.
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.