The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has published a report documenting photographs of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers “killing time” at the Lebanon-Israel border.
Preliminary information suggests the pictures were taken in October, but were released only recently, along with verbal threats against Israel. Several photographs published contain the caption: “We have arrived to the cursed Israel.”
The Twitter account linked to the Revolutionary Guards uploaded a number of the pictures on Thursday, with the headline, “The Islamic Republic soldiers are on the border of occupied Palestine.”
The soldiers’ faces were blurred, so as not to be identified.
According to MEMRI’s reports, the photos were also published a week and a half ago on the Iranian military’s website. In this case, the soldiers’ faces are visible.
The Iranian military’s websites showcases photos of soldiers taken in the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek in south Lebanon. “We have come close to the motherland of corruption – the cursed Israel. With Allah’s help, we will trample over their bodies” the website writes.
In October, the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar said that terrorists from Hezbollah, which controls south Lebanon, could be found operating in the area near the Litani River – in violation of a United Nations resolution.
More recently, on Thursday, the Iranian army began a massive military drill sprawling from the farthest eastern expanses of the Islamic regime all the way to its southern maritime borders opposite the principality of Oman, in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden.
A full 13,000 Iranian soldiers are taking part in the six-day drill, reportedly marking the first time the Iranian navy is conducting a drill so far offshore.
Iranian media reported Saturday that Iran has begun running tests on a new weapon in their arsenal: domestically produced exploding “suicide” drones meant to strike targets on land, air and sea.
Iranian Navy Commander, Habib Allah Sayyari told a news conference that one of the main objective of the extensive military exercise is to convey a message of peace.
He claims that Iran’s neighbors need to know that improving the combat capabilities of the Iranian army are not directed toward anyone in particular, but are intended only for the protection of Iran’s borders and interests.