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.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
adjusts his earphone during a news conference after the Eight Developing
Islamic Nations summit in Kuala Lumpur July 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters
TEHRAN, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said the U.S. claim that Iran poses a threat to the Gulf states is
nothing but "a meaningless lie," Iran's English-language Press TV reported on
"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
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
"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¡¡
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
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
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
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
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