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November 16, 2010

Iran Reports Mock Foreign Flyovers During War Games

Iranian media is reporting that the country's armed forces have staged a mock interception of six foreign planes since the start of a series of military exercises Tuesday.

The reports Wednesday quote a military exercise spokesman, General Hamid Arjangi, as saying "hypothetical enemy planes" crossed into Iranian air space but were turned back by Iranian fighter jets and artillery systems.

Official Iranian media blasted foreign press agencies that quoted state officials Wednesday as saying unknown foreign aircraft violated Iranian airspace.

Iran is in its second day of the its air force's five-day military exercise to test the country's ability to deter air strikes.

The war games are being held near nuclear facilities.  Iran says the exercises include tests of long-range missiles. Tehran says it is the biggest exercise of its kind in the country.

Tehran conducts war games several times a year, often showcasing new military systems.

 

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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