Iran Holding Large Scale Military Exercise

Saturday, September 1, 2012
By Paul Martin

Iranian Army Air Defense Force commander: exercise next month to involve all air defense systems.

By Gil Ronen

Iran announced Saturday that it intends to hold a large scale military exercise in October, involving all its air defense systems.

Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force, said that the exercise would be a joint drill by the army and the Revolutionary Guard, and that it would simulate a large number of emergency scenarios.

Iran’s aerial defense systems have improved and today they are functioning “better than they did in the past,” said Esmaili. “The Army’s Air Defense Force and additional forces are taking the necessary actions against the possible threats from our enemies,” he said, without naming any country specifically.

The Chairman of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, said Friday that he does not believe Israel will carry out its threats to attack his country’s nuclear facilities.

“There’s no reason that we consider them [the Israelis] so stupid,” he told the Al Monitor website. “This is like committing suicide. We don’t think they will do it.”

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