Iranian army starts war games near Iraqi border
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||30 October 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Iranian army starts war games near Iraqi border, 30 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/509b8affc.html [accessed 24 May 2016]|
October 30, 2012
The Iranian Army has started ground and air military exercises near Iran's western border with Iraq.
State television said the two-day drills are aimed at maintaining the readiness of the armed forces for countering international military threats.
It showed troops parachuting from helicopters near the towns of Sarpol-e Zahab and Qasr-e Shirin in the western Kermanshah Province.
The Iranian war games are being held amid increasing tensions between Iran and the West over the country's nuclear program. T
The United States and its allies accuse the Islamic republic of seeking nuclear weapons – a charge Tehran denies.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa