Iranian soldiers shoot Netanyahu, Trump target faces in military exercises

Iran has taken to using target faces with pictures of Netanyahu and Trump for their training exercises.

By World Israel News Staff

Iranian soldiers shoot pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump during training exercises, the country’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

The report included several pictures of Iranian soldiers practicing clearing houses with the targets prominently displayed, some riddled with bullet holes.

The exercise was designed “to assess the readiness and skills of the participants in shooting and in a number of different situations on the battlefield.” It included 100 to 200 meter training, sniper practice and night shooting.

Netanyahu and Trump are public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of Iran’s leadership.

Netanyahu was one of the first to demand sanctions against Iran, writing about the danger posed by a nuclear Iran as early as 1979, as he mentioned in a recent Israel Hayom interview.

The prime minister has kept up the drumbeat over the decades, warning of the 2015 nuclear agreement orchestrated by then-President Barack Obama. He said the deal wouldn’t stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons as it left its nuclear infrastructure intact.

Trump joins Netanyahu as one of the most hated leaders by Iran’s leadership after he pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions. Throughout his 2016 campaign for president, Trump warned that the deal was the “worst ever” negotiated by the U.S.

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The president has gradually tightened the screws on the Islamic Republic, upping the sanctions over time.

Iran is feeling the effects on its economy and in recent months has raised tensions in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to apply pressure on the European signatories to the agreement to save it.

Iran’s efforts appear to have backfired. Its recent capture of a British oil tanker has led Britain to consider reimposing sanctions itself.