Iranian warships will be deployed to the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea and other regional waterways, Tehranís navy said on Wednesday.

The move will put Iranian firepower at Israelís doorstep, and likely raise tensions in the already skittish region. Ö

The Iranian navy has steadily expanded its international presence since 2008, when it began patrolling in the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial vessels owned or leased by Iran against piracy.

Last year, two Iranian warships for the first time in decades traveled through the Suez Canal, extending Iranís naval reach to the Mediterranean Sea.
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