Monday, February 20, 2012

Iran holds anti-aircraft exercises as nuclear inspectors arrive

Iran's military announced on Monday it has launched four days of manoeuvres in the south of the country aimed at boosting anti-air defences protecting nuclear sites.

The announcement came as inspectors from the UN's nuclear watchdog arrived for two days of talks in the Islamic Republic in an atmosphere of growing tension and concern over a potential conflict.

It also coincided with increasing speculation that Israel was mulling air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"These exercises aim to reinforce the integrated abilities of the country's anti-air defences," said a statement from the Katem-ol-Anbia military air base coordinating Iran's anti-air and ballistic missile systems.

Missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, radars and warplanes were being deployed, it said.

"These manoeuvres aim to reinforce the coordination between the military and the Revolutionary Guards for a total coverage of the country's sensitive facilities, especially nuclear sites," the statement said. Read More