The exercise, which included long-range ballistic missiles and drones, promptly sent two U.S. bases to Qatar and the UAE.
“At around 5:30 a.m. local time, Iran fired several ballistic missiles from Iran into the southern Arabian Gulf. The initial assessment identified a potential threat to Al Udeid air base and Al Dhafra air base,”; said U.S. envoy Captain Bill Urban. The central leadership that oversees U.S. military missions throughout the region. “Due to infinite caution, both bases caused an increased alert status. The incident lasted a few minutes, and everything was clear after the threat indicator was missed.”
Al Udeid and Al Dhafra staff were told to hide for a few minutes until clarity was heard. No missiles reached the area, officials said.
The Strait of Hormuz has been a point of tension between the U.S. and Iran since U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018. Withdrew from the most important nuclear deal. About 20% of world trade in oil goes through a strategic waterway.
“We can’t talk about what Iran expects to gain from building this model, or what tactical value they expect to gain from using such a model in a training or offensive exercise scenario,” said US Fifth Fleet Commander Rebecca Rebarich. , headquartered in Bahrain. “We continue to rely on the ability of our navies to defend themselves against any maritime threat.”
A spokesman for the Iranian military, Brigadier General Abbas Niliforoushan, said the exercise promoted “combat readiness” to protect air and sea lanes and to provide support and “preparedness for every scenario.”
The drill comes days after the U.S. fighter jet flew a few thousand feet from an Iranian commercial plane over Syria to inspect it. The U.S. said the passenger plan flew outside the normal commercial flight corridor.