During recent Iranian war-games in the Persian Gulf, involving the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles, US bases in the Persian Gulf region (UAE, Qatar and Kuwait) detected an unexpected ballistic missile launch from Iran in their direction and ordered troops to seek shelter in bunkers. It soon transpired that the missiles were part of the war-games to test ASBMs in the Persian Gulf, and were obviously not aimed at the US bases in those three countries.
Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles in Persian Gulf, US Troops [in Kuwait/Qatar/UAE bases] Told to Stay in Bunkers
US military forces deployed to the Persian Gulf kingdoms were reportedly asked to stay in bunkers as Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired ballistic missiles during normal military drills off the strategic Hormuz Strait.
Citing her “sources” and those of the CNN, a reporter for the BBC wrote in a post on her official page on Tuesday that US troops based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Qatar had been briefly put on “high alert” due to “concerns” over Iran’s missile activities.
Other sources identified the facilities as al-Dhafra base in the UAE and al-Udeid air base in Qatar, saying the American troops deployed there had been asked to stay in bunkers.
US forces in Qatar and the UAE “went on high alert early Tuesday and were asked to stay in bunkers,due to intelligence indicators showing an Iranian ballistic missile had been fired and possibly headed their way, US defense officials tell CNN,” a Twitter user said, indicating that the US forces had misread the trajectory of Iranian missiles.
The reported high-alert notice came as Iran’s IRGC started the final phase of large-scale aerial and naval drills, codenamed Payambar-e A’zam (The Great Prophet) 14, involving the elite force’s Aerospace Division and Navy.
The maneuvers were held in the general area of the Hormozgan Province, west of the strategic Hormuz Strait, and the Persian Gulf.