Amidst growing tensions, Iran initiates air defense drill

Iran conducted a successful air defense drill using drones to intercept hostile targets in a region from its southwestern to southeastern coasts due to increased tensions. Pakistan launched air strikes against separatist militants in Iran, leading to increased concerns about regional instability. Iranian forces launched a new air defense method using drones, with expansive drills covering an area from southwest Khuzestan to southeast Sistan and Baluchistan provinces. The drills involved the army’s air force and navy, as well as the aerospace force and the navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Iran and Pakistan have a history of strained relations, but both expressed a desire to ease tensions following the recent strikes. In the background of the Gaza war, Iran and its allies in the Middle East have been targeting Israeli and US interests in support of Palestinians. Iran also conducted strikes in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State sites and an alleged Israeli espionage center.