This photograph launched by the official web site of the Iranian Protection Ministry on Sunday, June 9, 2019, reveals the Khordad 15, a brand new surface-to-air missile battery at an undisclosed location in Iran. IRANIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY
Stars and Stripes/Washington Submit: The US outguns Iran, nevertheless it faces painful realities within the occasion of a struggle
Rising tensions that, in keeping with President Donald Trump, left the USA simply wanting open battle with Iran this week spotlight a grim actuality that the Pentagon has coped with for years: Whereas the U.S. army outguns Iran, Tehran might nonetheless make even a restricted struggle painful.
Iran’s army has greater than 700,000 troops, together with a traditional military of about 350,000 troopers, in keeping with a Congressional Analysis Service report printed final month. That is not counting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a specialised drive comprising one other 125,000 troops in its military and 20,000 personnel in its navy, the CRS report stated.
It is the IRGC that has created friction between the USA and Iran. The drive, designated a international terrorist group by the administration in April, patrols the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, oversees Iran’s ballistic missile packages and claimed accountability for launching the missile that downed a U.S. RQ-Four surveillance drone over the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, prompting the Trump administration to plan a retaliatory strike earlier than the president halted it late within the day.
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WNU Editor: All wars are painful. A struggle towards Iran shall be primarily fought with missiles and within the waters close to Iran. However the greatest affect shall be geopolitical and on the world financial system.