November 20, 2011
The Iranian army was set to launch an air defense drill Friday evening simulating an attack on the country’s nuclear facilities, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
According to the regime’s mouthpiece, the four-day drill will be held in eastern Iran and stress “the characteristics of the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine in the framework of the heightened air defense alert level.”
The military exercise comes just six days after a blast at an army base outside Tehran left several members of the Revolutionary Guard dead, including a senior officer who was a key figure in Iran’s missile program. Some western media outlets claimed Israel was behind the explosion.