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Iran begins large-scale war games to protect nuclear sites

2009-11-23 12:16 BJT

Iran has begun a large-scale war games air defensive aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack. An air force commander is boasting his country can deter any military strike by Israel.

The five-day drill covers about a third of Iran and is being spread across the central, western and southern parts of the country.

It involves Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, the paramilitary Basij forces affiliated with the Guard as well as army units.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Air Force Commander, said, "This has been designed based on a preemptive strike and our fighter troops will engage with the enemy as if it was a real situation."

Officials say the war games will cover regions where Iran's nuclear facilities are located.

The United States and its European allies accuse Iran of trying to create a nuclear weapons programme. Iran denies the charge and insists the programme is only for peaceful purposes.

Israel says it is not ruling out military action to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

An Iranian Tondar missile is launched during a test at an unknown location in central Iran in this September 2009 file photo. ran's armed forces launched large-scale air defence war games on Sunday to show off the country's deterrence capabilities in the face of pressure from the West over its nuclear programme.REUTERS/Fars News/Ali Shayegan/Files
An Iranian Tondar missile is launched during a test at an unknown 
location in central Iran in this September 2009 file photo. ran's 
armed forces launched large-scale air defence war games on Sunday 
to show off the country's deterrence capabilities in the face of 
pressure from the West over its nuclear programme.REUTERS//Files

Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: CCTV.com