Iran`s Guard begins new land military exercises

Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 16:24

Tehran: Iran`s Revolutionary Guard says it has begun a two-day land military exercise to upgrade its capabilities to defend the country against possible external threats.

Commander of the Guard`s ground forces Mohammad Pakpour said on comments posted on the force`s website that the manoeuvres dubbed Valfajr, or Dawn, began on Sunday outside the city of Yazd in central Iran.

The Guard is Iran`s most powerful military unit.

The exercises are the latest in a series of manoeuvres held amid escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Iran`s nuclear program.

The US and Israel have not ruled out military strikes against Iran`s program, which they say aims at developing weapons technology. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes.

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First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 16:24

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