Iran’s supreme leader on Monday warned the U.S. military to stay out of the Persian Gulf, where it has an aircraft carrier strike group. “What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there.

What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to semi-official news agency Fars News. The comments came as the U.S. Navy extended the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the region in support of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Khamenei also said Tehran would continue military drills in the region, regardless of U.S. opposition. The two nations both operate in the Persian Gulf, which Iran considers its backyard. READ MORE