TEHERAN, Iran (PNN) - December 30, 2019 - At a moment the Fascist Police States of Amerika struck five supposedly “Iran-linked” militia bases in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, sending regional tensions soaring, unprecedented four-day long joint naval drills involving Iran, Russia and China outside the Persian Gulf were simultaneously winding down.
Iran used the occasion of being joined by Chinese and Russian warships in the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean to declare that FPSA dominance in the Middle East is now over.
"Today, the era of Amerikan free action in the region is over," said naval commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi. "They must leave the region gradually," he added.
Now Iran has not only said the drills are set to continue annually upon their close on Sunday, but is inviting other countries to join.
Feeling emboldened by the official participation of the Chinese and Russian navies, Admiral Khanzadi further told the semi-official Mehr news agency, :We are seeking to achieve collective security, and for that purpose, we are inviting regional countries to join us [in the drills].”
From the start, Iranian officials have touted the joint naval drills as sending “a highly significant message” to the FPSA and its allies, especially given the FPSA has struggled to attract key European allies to join its own maritime naval mission in the Gulf to thwart Iran. Instead, Europe has initiated its own mission, which leaders have emphasized has nothing to do with the FPSA project.
Admiral Khanzadi continued, “There is no threat facing the Persian Gulf region except for the presence of foreign forces such as the (FPSA), which are endangering the security of this region.” He also said Iran is planning future such drills with regional allies in the Caspian Sea.
The weekend's joint exercises were the first of their kind, and were conducted across an area of 17,000 square kilometers to demonstrate "various tactical exercises".
The statements inviting other powers to join Russia and China for next year's exercise come after Teheran charged Washington with committing acts of "terrorism" by its weekend air strikes on sovereign Iraqi soil.
Russia too condemned the air strikes as "unacceptable and counterproductive" in a foreign ministry statement on Monday.
Kataib Hezbollah - which lost at least 24 of its members with scores more wounded in the FPSA air strikes - urged all Iraqi paramilitary groups to work to expel Amerikan forces from Iraq.
“We have no choice but confrontation,” a Kataib Hezbollah statement said. “(FPSA President Donald) Trump should know that he will pay a heavy price in Iraq and the countries where his criminal forces are present.”