Army chief: Iran to hold another air force war game soon

By Xinhua,

Tehran : The commander of Iran’s Army Air Force, Amir Pilot Ahmad Migani, said on Tuesday that the great war game of Iran’s Army Air Force will be held soon, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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The war game called “the protectors of Velayat air” has been scheduled to present the defense and battle power of the Air Force and to practice protective mechanisms, Migani told reporters.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have just completed military maneuvers in the Gulf called Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3) to improve combat readiness and capability. Iran successfully test fired new long- and medium-range missiles in the drills.

The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran has denied the allegations and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The Bush administration said it focused on diplomacy to try to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue, but has insisted it will take “no option off the table.”

Some observers believe that it is still possible that the United States and Israel would attack Iranian targets for Tehran’s disputable nuclear programs.

The New York Times reported recently that U.S. military believed a major military exercise by Israel in early June was a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Some U.S. officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.