How much would Iran face a confrontation with the US? Data showing the strength of the two armies, through the figures


After US President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, many have questioned how much the country could withstand a confrontation with the world's strongest military.

Such a question comes as, while Iran mourns the death of the general, officials from both countries have exchanged harsh warnings, calling on military forces and their respective allies "on alert".

According to Global Fire Power, an army ranking website, the US ranks as the strongest military in the world, with Iran ranked 14th out of 137 countries considered in the annual review.


However, Iran's strong network of "regional allies" pose a major threat to US objectives and are expected to play a major role in raising tensions between the two countries, writes the British Metro newspaper.

The US president said he ordered the airstrike at Baghdad International Airport because Soleimani, 62, was 'plotting to kill' Americans residing in the country.

Trump accused Iran's second most powerful commander of being responsible for a series of wars throughout the Middle East, including 'orchestrated' militia attacks on US coalition bases in Iraq.

He is also thought to have backed violent demonstrations at the US embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

Iran has already made it clear that the US will have severe consequences for the attack, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami threatening US troops in the Middle East.

He warned that it was 'time to clear the region of these insidious animals', adding: 'I am telling the Americans, especially Trump, we will take revenge ...'.

According to the Metro, the Telegraph reports, Iran suffers major military disadvantages compared to the US, having been forced to rely on domestic weapons production following a US arms embargo and not only.

However, its strength lies in its network of representative forces led by the Quds Forces, a unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - a branch of the country's Armed Forces established after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Iran's military power

Iran has an active military personnel of about 523,000 troops - with the Navy, Air Force and IRGC.

But with a population of more than 83 million, the country has the ability to attract more manpower if needed (about 47 million).

Their defense budget amounts to $ 6.3 billion, well below the US average.

Its ground power consists of 8,577 combat tanks, rocket projectors, self-propelled artillery, combat armored vehicles and towing artillery.

Air power, including helicopters, stands at 512 units, while it has 398 ships and submarines.

The country currently has 12 operational missiles, which are mainly short-range and medium-range, while a number are under development.

However, a US Department of Defense report says Iran's missile forces are the largest in the Middle East.

U.S. military power

The US is widely acknowledged to have the strongest military in the world.

Its military power is significantly stronger than that of Iran with 1,281,900 active personnel and an additional 144,872,845 available.

It has a staggering $ 716 billion defense budget and although there are fewer missiles than Iran (seven), they are far more advanced, including the Trident D-5 and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

It is said that the US and Russia possess more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear heads, and the two nations have almost an equal number.

The American nation also has the largest air and naval force - the latter measured in tonnage - in the world.

The US Army boasts 48,422 combat tanks, rocket projectors, self-propelled artillery, combat armored vehicles and towing artillery. In its air force, the U.S. currently has 10,117 units as well as 415 in the navy.

As has already been announced, President Trump authorized the attack while Soleimani was leaving Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

Soleiman, the architect of Tehran's clandestine and military operations as head of the Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, was killed Friday in a US drone attack while on a convoy at Baghdad airport.

In response, Iranian authorities have reportedly announced that they will offer a $ 80 million reward for the head of US President Donald Trump following the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.

According to the Mirror, such an "offer" was made during a televised funeral broadcast by state-owned broadcasters.

In addition, Iran has indicated that it will not abide by any restrictions on the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's state television reported on Sunday.

The killing of the Iranian general has also prompted a decision by the Iraqi Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the removal of US troops from the country.

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