Iran to hold 10 days of military exercises

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 9:54 AM
Iran to hold 10 days of military exercises

Iranian state television says Tehran will hold 10 days of ground, naval and missile exercises starting this week.

The Sunday report says the exercises, dubbed "The Great Prophet Six," will begin Monday and include tests of long-range missiles such as the Sajjil, which boasts a rang of more than 1,240 miles (2,000 kilometers).

State TV says medium- and short-range missiles, drone aircraft and the country's air defense systems will also take part in the drills.

Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace department, says the exercises come in response to a growing U.S. presence in the region.

Iran regularly holds military exercises, and is pressing ahead with a military missile program that is capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases in the Gulf and parts of southeast Europe.