Army of Iran to stage anti-terrorism exercises
Iran's Army Ground Forces will hold "anti-terrorism" military exercises outside of Tehran in the coming days, said a high-ranking military official.
Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told reporters Dec. 8 that the exercises will be held amid the threats from the IS terrorist organization (ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), Press TV reported Dec. 8.
Pourdastan also added that the aviation unit of the Ground Forces will use helicopters during the exercises.
"To defend our country, we will use every weapon, barring nuclear, chemical and microbiological, and we know that upgrading our defense power is of high significance," said Pourdastan.
On November 15, Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon are also alerts to the Islamic Republic, which should take action to exercise more vigilance.
A series of coordinated armed attacks and explosions hit Paris on November 13, killing 130 people and injuring some 350 others. On November 12, another 44 people were killed and nearly 240 more sustained injuries when two large explosions rocked a security post in Hussaineya Street in the crowded Borj al-Barajneh neighborhood in a southern suburb of Beirut.
The Islamic State terrorist group, which has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria and claimed responsibility for the terror strikes in both of the cities.