COULD U.S. DEFEAT IRAN’S NAVY? THIS EXERCISE SHOWS WAR WOULD NOT BE EASY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

COULD U.S. DEFEAT IRAN’S NAVY? THIS EXERCISE SHOWS WAR WOULD NOT BE EASY

The United States is widely cited as the world's foremost military power, but the country has a spotty record when it comes to asymmetrical warfare. Now-infamous war games conducted nearly 17 years ago showed a maritime matchup against tactics similar to those of Iran would likely prove extremely deadly for the Navy.

A new wave of tensions between longtime foes Washington and Tehran was set off by alleged reports of Iran pursuing new missile activity in the region, just as it prepared to commemorate the U.S.' unilateral pullout from a 2015 nuclear deal by stepping back from some of its own commitments to the historic agreement. Among these alleged threats were satellite imagery purporting to show small traditional sailing vessels known as dhows being fitted with cruise missiles.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi dismissed these assessments, telling CBS News on Friday that "we do not fire missiles out of small boats." He rejected such "fake intelligence" as deliberate attempts to set up the pretext for conflict—not unlike the false claims that led up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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