Iran’s state TV showed paratroopers landing behind mock enemy lines on the Gulf of Oman and preparing attacks with missile launchers.
The army downed the unmanned aircraft over Khuzestan province before dawn using a Mersad surface-to-air missile, Tasnim news agency reports.
US imposes further sanctions on Iran as it announces new prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the nuclear deal as Iranians mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy hostage crisis.
Experts say Iranian army chief General Mohammad Baqeri's statement from the island is "an open challenge" to the UAE, especially when the Gulf state has started cosying up to Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.
As Trump administration plans to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, it remains to be seen whether Iran-backed militias will scale back or continue their operations in the region.
The campaign to categorise Afghanistan as a "safe country" is misguided and perpetuates the cycle of displacement for Afghans in Europe, Iran and Pakistan.
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