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Tehran decries foreign troops presence in Gulf

JPost.com [1]
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi continued Tehran’s heated rhetoric against the West on Wednesday, decrying the presence of foreign military forces near the Strait of Hormuz.

“The presence of extra-regional powers in the Persian Gulf is unhelpful and damaging and their presence has no result other than turbulence in the region,” he told reporters following a cabinet meeting, according to a Tehran Times report.

Vahidi added that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is planning on holding anothermilitary exercise in the near future, according to Iran’s student newspaper ISNA.

Iran recently concluded a ten-day naval drill [2], during which it test fired two long-range missiles. Iran said that it was using the test to display its resolve in countering any attack by enemies such as Israel or the United States.

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