Iranian Troops form Swastika with drill teams
Iran’s precision drill teams are pretty good, I wonder if they go into battle in those formations.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s military used its feet this week to send a clear message to the United States and Israel.
A colorful inspection exercise staged for Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and broadcast on Iranian TV featured precision drill teams massing into an American flag with a swastika and a Star of David, each “stabbed” by a formation of the Zulfiqar, the legendary scimitar of the Islamic leader Ali.
Khamenei is shown in the broadcast inspecting the drill teams, which chant to him, “Khamenei, we are your soldiers. Khamenei, at your command,” according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
The exhibition comes as the chief of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards shrugged off harsh new U.S. sanctions that are the most sweeping since 1979, saying “the corps is ready to defend the ideals of the revolution more than ever before.”
Washington announced the sanctions Thursday targeting the Revolutionary Guards, which the U.S. accuses of supporting terrorism by backing Shiite militants in Iraq. The sanctions ban U.S. dealings with the extensive network of businesses believed linked to the Guards — and put stepped-up pressure on international banks to cut any ties with those firms.
So far, the official Iranian response has been defiant.