Amid Sanctions, Iranians Expect War
Iran announces new Strait of Hormuz exercises
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 11:29 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 photo, a salesman holds a carpet at a market in Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Western officials are fairly sanguine that Iran's recent provocations are only posturing. But on the streets of Tehran, sanctions are taking a real toll, and the populace expects violence, the Washington Post reports. The country is in the midst of a currency crisis that has made prices shoot up on everything from iPhones to crucial medicine—when either can be found at all. "I will tell you what this is leading to: war," says one merchant. "My family, friends and I—we are all desperate."

Iran certainly isn't doing anything to assuage those fears; late yesterday its semi-official news agency announced that it would conduct another round of military exercises near the Strait of Hormuz next month. A naval commander says these war games will be "different" than the attention-grabbing 10-day drill Iran's Navy just completed, without specifying how, according to the AP. Click for more on Iran's recent Internet crackdown.