Iran Flexes Muscle With Military Exercises

Ground, naval, missile testing in response to growing US presence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2011 10:15 AM CDT
An air defencs missile is driven past Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) during the Army Day parade in Tehran, on April 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Iranian state television says Tehran will hold 10 days of ground, naval, and missile exercises starting today. "The Great Prophet Six" will include tests of long-range missiles such as the Sajjil, which boasts a rang of more than 1,240 miles, reports Iranian media. Medium- and short-range missiles, drone aircraft, and the country's air-defense systems will also take part in the drills, which the Iranian chief of aerospace says is a direct response to growing US presence in the region.

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