Since President Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA (better known as "the Iran nuclear deal"), Iran has suffered one embarrassing mishap after the next. Earlier this year, the IRGC accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner filled with young Iranian students. The fact that the regime ineptly lied about the shoot-down, before finally coming clean in the face of overwhelming evidence, only compounded the embarrassment.
H/T: Zero Hedge
The NYT reports that 19 Iranian sailors have died, 15 were injured and nearly 2 dozen more are missing after a missile test at sea went horribly awry. An Iranian ship sustained "friendly fire" as a target-seeking missile slammed into its stern instead of striking the dummy "target" thw ship had just towed out to sea.
Breaking News: An Iranian naval ship was hit in an apparent friendly-fire episode during a military exercise. At least 19 people were killed. https://t.co/5mwoXyxznO— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 11, 2020
Watch: Smoke bellows from #Iran's “Konarak” warship after it was struck by a fellow Iranian destroyer in a friendly-fire incident that killed 19 Iranian sailors and wounded 15 more, according to Iran's navy on state TV.https://t.co/AIZcodSYD5 pic.twitter.com/bWOiUq1WCT— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 11, 2020
#Breaking— MAYSAM BIZÆR میثم بیزر (@m_bizar) May 10, 2020
Reports by #Iran-ian media say dozens of army navy forces on board of Konarak vessel in the Jask region of #PesianGulf have been killed after being accidentally hit w/ missile fired by Jamaran frigate in a drill. Some 40 personnel were on board, 22 bodies found so far. pic.twitter.com/GhKkN7Uvn2
The Regime media and IRGC's official outlets tried to keep quiet and coverup the incident, but Artesh (#Iran military) finally confirmed it.— Cyrus S (@CyrusShares) May 11, 2020
Still, they don't report that it was the Iranian [Artesh] Navy's Jamaran destroyer that attacked #IRGC Navy's Konarak vessel. https://t.co/R0FdktoCu0 pic.twitter.com/EOj3hZuVvi
Iran missile strikes own ship, killing 19 in ‘friendly fire’ incident and sinking the ship during exercise in the Gulf of Oman https://t.co/LCMUMi0bvQ— Sana Jamal (@Sana_Jamal) May 11, 2020