Iran Launches Military Exercises

From Forbes.com  

Iran on Saturday launched a series of large-scale military exercises aimed at introducing the country’s new defensive doctrine, state-run television reported.

The television report said the military exercise would occur in 14 of the country’s 30 provinces and could last as long as five weeks.

The first stage of the maneuvers began with air strikes in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, the report said.

The military exercises come as Iran faces heightened international scrutiny because of its contentious nuclear program and for supporting the guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Typically Iran only runs 1 set of coordinated exercises (utilizing Naval, Air, and Ground Forces) per year. They last ran military exercises in early spring, when they announced the development of several new Weapons Systems and Platforms. This article does not mention the involvement of thier Naval forces, but if it does later include Naval units it would certainly indicate that they are increasing their military readiness level accross the board.

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