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Out there on the world stage, there are a handful of nations that the United States military has pretty much always kept their eyes on.

Obviously, Russia and China are at the top of this list.  Both of these enormous nations have the population necessary to put together a high caliber military force.  While they may not rival the US in technological military developments, the sheer volume of fighters would make for quite the mess should tensions come to blows with these guys.

Then, further down the line are the smaller rabble rousers in North Korea and Iran.

North Korea seems to be essentially handled, at least for the time being, as they continue to prance around with their time-honored dance of aggression and forgiveness, reneging and reengaging.

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Iran, on the other hand, is sliding further and further out of line as the days pass.

For the first time in more than a year, Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in a brazen display of defiance months after President Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark nuclear deal and days before his administration slapped new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, three U.S. officials with knowledge of the launch tell Fox News.

The test of an Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile coincided with a large-scale naval exercise by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces late last week involving over 50 small gunboats in the Strait of Hormuz to rehearse “swarm” tactics which could one day potentially shut down the vital waterway, through which 30 percent of the world’s oil passes each year.

While the U.S. military publicly acknowledged the naval activity, the missile test from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base in Bandar-e-Jask in southeastern Iran has not been previously reported. The launch was detected by U.S. spy satellites.

In recent weeks, tensions between the US and Iran have flared, with President Donald Trump issuing a stark warning to the Islamic republic via Twitter.

There will undoubtedly be more of that in the coming hours.


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