Army chief: Iran to hold another air force war game soon 2008-07-15 19:08:18   Print

Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis   

¡¤Migani said Tuesday the great war game of Iran's Army Air Force will be held soon.
¡¤Iran successfully test fired new long- and medium-range missiles in the drills.
¡¤Observers believe it is still possible that U. S. and Israel would attack Iranian targets.

    TEHRAN, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Commander of Iran's Army Air Force, Amir Pilot Ahmad Mighani, announced on Tuesday Iran's army will hold a great wargame soon in a bid to present the defense and battle power of its Air Force to practice protective mechanisms.

    In the wargame dubbed "the protectors of Velayat air," "we will demonstrate our strength and will give the message to our enemies that in case they have the dream of any offense, they will receive a very crushing blow," he told reporters.

    Claiming that Iran has constructed aircrafts which can escape the radar detection, Mighani said, "Today, the Army Air Force has achieved a high capability, and the construction of such aircrafts will multiple the strength of the air force."

    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have just completed military maneuvers in the Gulf called Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3) to improve combat readiness and capability.

    Iran successfully test fired new long- and medium-range missiles in the drills.

    The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran has denied the U.S. allegations and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

    Speculation about a military confrontation between Israel and Iran has mounted since a big Israeli air drill last month.

    The New York Times reported that U.S. military believed a major military exercise by Israel in early June was a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear sites.

    Some U.S. officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military's capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran¡¯s nuclear program.

    The Bush administration has said it focused on diplomacy to try to resolve Iran's nuclear issue, but insisted it will take "no option off the table."

    Some observers believe that it is still possible that the United States and Israel would attack Iranian targets for Tehran¡¯s disputable nuclear programs.

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    "Iran's stance toward its neighboring countries is one of leniency and mutual respect," said Ahmadinejad when addressing a meeting of the country's envoys to the Gulf countries.

    The United States was pressuring the Gulf countries to rethink their close ties with Iran, he said.  Full story

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    TEHRAN, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Iranian officials vowed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic would fight back against any attacks on it and "cut off the hands" of the invaders, amid heightened speculation that Israel and the United States would attack Iranian targets for Tehran's suspicious nuclear programs.

    "Before the enemies touch the trigger, the Iranian armed forces will cut off their hands," the official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying.   Full story¡¡

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    TEHRAN, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Tehran would target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the Middle East if Iran is under attack, an aide to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday.

    "In case the United States and Israel dare to shoot a bullet, Iran will target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the region imminently," said Mojtaba Zolnoor, vice representative of Khamenei to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.   Full story

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    BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran has successfully test-fired both medium- and long-range missiles in two consecutive days, in what many analysts described as a move to trigger grave concerns over stability in the region.

    By testing a long-range missile capable of reaching targets in Israel as well as U.S. military facilities in the region, Iran has delivered a signal that it is capable of hitting back in case of an Israeli or U.S. attack, analysts say. Full story

TV: Iran tests more missiles in Gulf

    TEHRAN, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran tested more medium and long-range missiles in the Gulf for a second day early Thursday, Iran's satellite Press TV reported.

     In the third day of its military maneuvers dubbed Great ProphetIII in the Gulf, The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully test fired various classes of missiles including shore to sea, surface to surface and sea to air rockets.   Full story

Iran test fires new long- and mid-range missiles

    TEHRAN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully test fired new long- and mid-range missiles in response to threats from the United States and Israel, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported Wednesday.

    In military exercises dubbed Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3), the IRGC test fired a Shahab 3 missile, which can hit any target within a range of 2,000 km, Press TV said. Full story

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