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Iran missiles target fake carrier as US bases go on alert


Maxar Technologies – via AP

In this Tuesday, July 28, 2020, satellite photo, a mockup aircraft carrier built by Iran is seen damaged in the Strait of Hormuz amid a live-fire drill conducted by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched missiles Tuesday targeting a mock aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a drill that included such a barrage of fire the U.S. military temporarily put two regional bases in the Mideast on alert amid tensions between the two countries.

The drill - and the American response to it - underlined the lingering threat of military conflict between Iran and the U.S. after a series of escalating incidents last year led to an American drone strike killing a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Tehran responded to that strike by firing ballistic missiles that wounded dozens of American forces in Iraq.

While the coronavirus pandemic has engulfed both Iran and the U.S. for months, there has been a growing confrontation as America argues to extend a yearslong U.N. weapons embargo on Tehran that is due to expire in October. A recent incident over Syria involving an American jet fighter approaching an Iranian passenger plane also has renewed tensions.


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