Iran Holds Infantry Drill Involving 12,000 Troops

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
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Iranian flags fly above the Modarres highway, seen from the Tabiat pedestrian bridge, in Tehran. (Bloomberg/Ali Mohammadi)

The Iranian army has launched an annual infantry drill involving some 12,000 troops, Iran’s state media reported Friday.

The report quotes Gen. Nozar Nemati as saying the two-day exercise will unfold over a 190-square mile area in the central Isfahan Province. He said that the ground forces will practice new offensive tactics.

Iran regularly holds exercises to display its military preparedness and has vowed to respond strongly to any attack by Israel or the United States, both of which view it as a regional menace.