Iran’s air defences are ‘ready’ as US bombers enter region in tense standoff

Iran has warned enemies that its air defences are monitoring the movements of foreign forces over the country.

American B-52 bombers are among the threats being tracked by the Iranian army, according to the deputy commander of its Khatam al-Anbia Air Defence headquarters, Brigadier-General Qadir Rahimzadeh.

According to AMN News, Rahimzadeh said: "All foreign forces’ movements in the region, including B-52 bombers, are monitored at a distance of more than 150km from the country’s air borders in the southern Gulf.

"Iranian air defences monitor their movements moment by moment.

"We are aware of all the movements of neighbouring countries and we are watching them moment by moment in the intelligence and operations centres of the country’s air defence."

The Brigadier-General made the announced on Saturday following news a day earlier that the US military had sent two B-52 strategic bombers to the Persian Gulf.

Military officials said the show-of-force mission on Thursday was a deliberate deterrent to Iran and its allies from carrying out attacks against United States troops in the Middle East.

The 36-hour round-trip to the Persian Gulf from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had been flown near Iranian air space on short notice.

These bomber missions come just weeks before the first anniversary in January of an American drone strike that killed senior Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

Tensions in the region heightened this month after the death of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near the capital of Tehran, on November 29.

Iran claims Fakhrizadeh was killed in an assassination carried out by the Israeli Mossad and some of the opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK).

The MEK has denied the allegations and Israel has refused to comment despite Iran announcing that it would respond.

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