Report: Iran to hold anti-aircraft wargame 2008-09-07 21:51:29   Print

Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis    

    TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran will hold an anti-aircraft wargame in the near future, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

    The exercise which is aimed at improving defensive capabilities will take three days, the report said.

    Iran's Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will participate in the joint wargame, which will involve new weapons and tactics, IRNA said.

    Iran's Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said last Tuesday that the Iranian Air Force would hold maneuvers dubbed Modafean-e Aseman (Defenders of Sky) during the holy month of Ramadan (starting Tuesday in Iran).

    The IRGC completed military maneuvers in the Gulf called Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3) in mid July to improve combat readiness and capability. Iran also successfully test fired new long-and medium-range missiles in the drills.

    The drills were held shortly after Israel purportedly conducted an air maneuver over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in early June in what was considered as preparation for a war against Iran.     

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

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