Just one day after the commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet announced that Iranian warships would for the first time travel close to U.S. maritime borders, the Islamic Republic’s state television broadcasted a documentary simulating attacks on an American aircraft carrier and Israeli cities.
First reported on by the Times of Israel, the documentary titled “The Nightmare of Vultures” was presented as demonstrating Iran’s potential retaliation to an American or Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Set to the backdrop of a dramatic Hollywood-like symphonic soundtrack, the simulation involved Iranian drones launching missiles at and destroying the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf as well as American military jets and helicopters taking off from the vessel.
The Times of Israel reported that the video “opens with Supreme Leader [Ali] Khamenei addressing military academy graduates in 2011, warning: ‘Anybody who thinks of attacking the Islamic Republic of Iran should be prepared to receive strong slaps and iron fists from the Armed Forces.’”
“And America, its regional puppets and its guard dog – the Zionist regime – should know that the response of the Iranian nation to any kind of aggression, attacks or even threats will be a response that will make them collapse from within,” Khamenei said in the clip.
The video then goes on to show military air strikes and multiple ballistic missile firings at Tel Aviv.
In a somewhat unrealistic scenario that dismissed any Israeli air defenses, the video demonstrated an Iranian aircraft flying unperturbed throughout Israeli airspace, dropping its powerful munitions one after another, wreaking destruction of Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion International Airport, what appears to be an apartment building, Israeli Air Force bases, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) command center in Tel Aviv.
As the Iranian warplane was bombing the IDF headquarters, the video showed file footage of a meeting with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert which presumably meant to demonstration that Iran could strike the Israeli leadership.
Lest the target of the message be misunderstood, the locations of the strikes were conveniently subtitled in Hebrew.
To drill home the human toll of such a scenario, the Iranian film also included footage of Israelis being evacuated on stretchers by emergency responders.
The simulation emphasized the aspiration to strike strategic targets, including the refineries in the heavily populated coastal city of Haifa.
The film also showed the simulated attack of twin high-rises and Tel Aviv’s iconic Azrieli skyscraper complex, images chillingly reminiscent of September 11 attacks.
The Jerusalem Post wrote, “The film is yet another propaganda salvo unleashed by the Iranian regime, which has escalated its rhetoric in the past few days.” Besides the announcement of Iranian war vessels nearing the American coast, Khamenei said on Saturday that the U.S. government, with its “controlling and meddlesome” approach to Iran, would overthrow the Iranian regime if it could.
Watch the simulation here:
(H/T: Times of Israel)