Iran to Launch War Games

Sessions will train troops, test weapons
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, south of Tehran, April, 9, 2007.   (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – Iran’s military will start 3 days of war games tomorrow amid talk of a US or Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities, which Israel and the West say may house weapons operations, Reuters reports. The “maneuvers” will involve anti-aircraft defense systems, Iranian media said, and are meant to to train troops and “test new weapons and defense plans.”

Iran says the facilities are for generating electricity and rejects the idea of a US or Israeli attack on them. It also denies reports that it purchased an advanced anti-aircraft missile system from Russia.