Dec 9, 2013
Iran Moves Fighters Off Disputed Island
The SU-25s present the backbone of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGCAF), which controls military operations on the disputed islands.
Iran originally claimed the strategically located islands of Abu Musa, as well as the Greater and Lesser Tunbs in November 1971, hours ahead of the formation of the United Arab Emirates.
The Tunbs, which belong to the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, are close to the Iranian shore, while Abu Musa was administered by both Iran and the Emirate of Sharjah.