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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is planning new military exercises near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, according to a naval commander, after threatening to close the strait and completing another set of maneuvers.
One sixth of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's threat to close the passage if the West imposes sanctions on its own oil exports unsettled an already nervous world oil market.
The semiofficial Fars news agency late Thursday quoted the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's naval commander, Adm. Ali Fadavi, as saying that the upcoming exercise would be the seventh staging of an annual drill called "The Great Prophet."
Fadavi said the next round of war games would be "different" from previous ones. He did not elaborate. The admiral said the drill would take place in the Iranian month of Bahman, which roughly corresponds to February.
The Guards, Iran's most powerful military force, have the same air, naval and ground branches as the regular military. They are also in charge of Iran's missile program.
Iran's navy ended a 10-day drill Tuesday in the waters off the Strait.
Military officers said the purpose was to show off Iran's prowess and defense capabilities.
Originally posted by TBR47
They both america and iran are nit picking the smartest thing iran could of done is carried out the drill with with out telling anyone,an american aircraft carrier will probably show up now
Originally posted by Xcathdra
I was curious what might be different. The only thing I see is the newest exercise looks like it will be conducted by the IRG instead of the regular military..edit on 6-1-2012 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)