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IRGC Admiral Tells U.S. to Leave Persian Gulf Amid Growing Iranian Harassment
At a time when Iranian forces are increasingly engaging in dangerous confrontations with U.S. naval vessels, an Iranian admiral called on America to the leave the Persian Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Fars News reported on Wednesday.
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, said that the U.S. should withdraw its fleet from the Persian Gulf, which contains important international shipping lanes, in order to reduce the number of confrontations there. “The Americans’ presence in the Persian Gulf region is the reason for insecurity and they should terminate it; their presence is the root cause of their unprofessional behavior and they should end this issue honorably to prevent any problem,” Fadavi said.
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