Iran Guards commander challenges ‘enemy’ naval presence in region

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Saturday to reach “the enemy” far and near as tensions soar on key shipping routes where Tehran’s allies have been attacking vessels.
“Today, we are facing an all-out battle with the enemy,” said Guards commander Hossein Salami at a ceremony in the southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas, where the Guards’navy unveiled a new ship named “Abu Mahdi” and 100 missile launchers.

Salami did not name the enemy, but 22 nations have agreed to participate in a US.-led coalition to safeguard commercial traffic in the Red Sea from attacks by Yemen’s Houthi movement. The Houthi attacks since November are a show of support for the Palestinian group Hamas in its war with Israel.—Agencies