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Iran Flaunts Defense Systems in War Games

4K miles of radar turned on as planes simulate attack
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Iran Flaunts Defense Systems in War Games
This photo released by the Iranian army claims to show the launching of a missile about 140 miles east of the capital Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Iranian Army)

(Newser) – War games are underway in Iran as the country puts its defensive prowess on display: Radar and signal detection equipment was turned on around 4,200 miles of borderland; military forces went on alert; and six planes staged a mock raid, likely simulating a US or Israeli attack on nuclear facilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. Officials called it the country’s biggest war games ever.

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“We are repeatedly warned that we should be ready for any surprise attacks of the US and the Zionist regime," a draftee told the Times. "We are also told that we can demolish all of Israel in a day or so in case of any attack." Iran will soon debut a homemade Russian-style air defense system, Tehran said; experts aren't so sure about the claim.
(Read more Iranian military stories.)

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