Iran Kicks Off Massive War Drills
Calls air drills its biggest ever
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2012 6:41 AM CST
In this June 2, 2012 photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he delivers a speech.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

(Newser) – Days after Iran fired on a US drone, the country is launching vast military drills today—including what local reports call the biggest air drills the Islamic Republic has ever conducted. The drills will blanket about half the country and involve 8,000 soldiers; officials will also test missiles, artillery, and surveillance systems, Reuters reports. "These drills convey a message of peace and security to regional countries," says a spokesman for the drills. "At the same time they send out a strong warning to those threatening Iran." The exercises appear to have been planned since long before the drone incident.

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Nov 12, 2012 2:10 PM CST
The US would roll over the Iranian military. With the exception of suicide bombings, Arab nations have proven over and over again they they are inept at conducting conventional warfare. A war with Iran would be no different. They would get crushed.
Nov 12, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Just saber rattling by a country that wants recognition on the world stage.....yet, they continue to enslave their people to an ideology that culturally we cannot and never will understand.....give all the idiots guns and missles and let them blow each other up including of the reasons we are there is because some of those in the religious right believe it will begin the Apocolyptic end of the world if Israel comes under attack....Until we change that ideology..... there will never be peace in the Middle East
Nov 12, 2012 9:27 AM CST
Don't forget to mention that the US, Israel and NATO allies just held their largest joint war exercises in history. Iran is under attack already on many fronts.