Iran Again Flexes Naval Muscles

Ayatollah Khamenei promises war would hurt US interests more
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2012 9:17 AM CST
Iranian military personnel place a national flag on a submarine during the 'Velayat-90' navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 3, the last day of 10-day war games.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Just a month after the Iranian navy held war games in the Persian Gulf, the more powerful Revolutionary Guard is holding naval maneuvers, too, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, reports the AP. The Guard is directly controlled by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who yesterday pledged to help any group or nation that challenges Israel. "A war itself will damage the US 10 times" more in the region, said Khamenei. The exercises are expected to last a month. The move comes amid rumblings of a potential Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. Israel, too, is bracing for attacks. (Read more Iran stories.)

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