- Iran Launches Massive Military Drills as Israel Goes Public with War Against It in Syria
by TOM O’CONNOR, https://www.newsweek.com/
Iran has launched a massive set of military drills as Israel’s semi-secret war being waged against its presence in Syria became increasingly public.
The Iranian army began its Eqtedar 97 exercises Friday near the city of Nasrabad in the central Isfahan province, involving some 12,000 units as well as support from Iran’s air force. The exercise “was aimed at assessing recent changes in the structure of Iran’s ground forces” and would utilize armored units, artillery, rapid-reaction forces, mechanized infantry, airborne units combat engineering, telecommunications and drones among other modernized tactics, according to the army’s public relations office.
The multi-phase exercise began as Mohajer drones and R-4 helicopters conducted a reconnaissance mission ahead of units of the army’s 55th Airborne Brigade and 25th Rapid Reaction Brigade being airdropped in by CH-47 Chinook and Bell 214 helicopters. The Iranian army also sought to test its ability to move forces quickly across large swathes of territory, claiming to have achieved “record-breaking” results.
“The demonstration of the power and rapid movement of forces, as well as the support of airborne helicopters during all stages of the exercise, are important features at this stage of the Eqtedar exercise,” the Iranian army said Friday on its official website.