Iran: Trump lies about our drone; Turkish and U.S. Discuss a Safe Zone; US-Saudi Joint Military Exercise
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 25 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iranian press review: Top IRGC generals demand proof for US drone claims
Iranian army commanders have once again rejected claims that the USS Boxer ship destroyed an Iranian drone, accusing US President Donald Trump of lying as reports emerged of another drone’s destruction, MEE reported
“Trump’s lie about downing our drone was such a big one that, at first, even we believed it,” the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) aerospace division, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told reports on Sunday.
“We had to check all the units to see if we lost any drones. His lie was so huge that we could not believe that he’d tell such a big lie to media,” Hajizadeh added.
On 20 July, Fars new agency released video footage shot from a drone monitoring the USS Boxer. The IRGC claimed that the video proved the Iranian drone had returned safely and was not downed, but it did not explain how exactly the video confirmed this version of events.
Meanwhile, the US army said they may have shot down more than one Iranian drone.
Turkey, U.S. to continue discussing planned Syria safe zone despite tensions -officials
Turkish and U.S. officials will continue to discuss a planned safe zone in northern Syria, Turkish military officials said on Thursday after Ankara warned that it would launch a cross-border operation if a deal was not reached, Reuters reported
Following a U.S. decision to withdraw from northern Syria, the two NATO allies agreed to create a sanctuary in the region that would be cleared of the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organisation.
Turkey has been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG – the main U.S. ally on the ground during the United States’ fight against Islamic State militants – and has demanded that Washington sever ties.
After U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey held talks with Turkish officials, Turkey said on Wednesday it had run “out of patience” with Washington and warned that it would carry ouyt a military operation in the region if an agreement on the safe zone was not reached.
US-Saudi joint military exercise ends in Northern Borders region
A two-week joint military exercise between the Royal Saudi Land Forces and the US Army came to an end on Thursday, Arab News reported.
Called “Commander 2019,” the training drill was centered at the King Khalid Military City in the Northern Borders region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Troops from both countries exchanged experiences and knowledge to improve their readiness and increase cooperation, said commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Fahd Al-Mutair.
“We were offered the chance to participate in this fantastic drill, which proves the extent of our friendship which has lasted years and will continue to be stronger,” said Lt. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commander of the US Army Central.
Gen. Mohammed Al-Sinani described the exercise as “wholesome” and said it had given soldiers from both sides the confidence to work together on all kinds of operations.
The aim of the exercise was to develop and strengthen Saudi-American joint relations within the framework of plans and programs of the Royal Saudi Land Forces.
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Source: MEE, Reuters, Arab News