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Iran launches military exercises
Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | August 19, 2006

Posted on 08/19/2006 2:21:10 AM PDT by HAL9000

Excerpt -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday launched a series of large-scale military exercises aimed at introducing the country's new defensive doctrine, state-run television reported.

The television report said the military exercise would occur in 14 of the country's 30 provinces and could last as long as five weeks.

The first stage of the maneuvers began with air strikes in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, the report said.

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The military exercise, involving 12 infantry regiments, is called "The Blow of Zolfaghar," in reference to a sword that belonged to Imam Ali, one of the most revered figures of Islam for Shiite Muslims. A majority of Iran's 70 million people are Shiite.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: august22; blowofzolfaghar; geopolitics; iran; zolfaghar

1 posted on 08/19/2006 2:21:10 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

PREDICTION: Iran's military exercises and North Korea's nuke test are related. Soon, the alliance of evil between these two powers will be revealed. Together they defy and threaten the peace of the world.


2 posted on 08/19/2006 2:26:45 AM PDT by Rapscallion (In war the only moral value is to win. America, you must become ruthless.)
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To: HAL9000
The Blow of Zolfaghar

Zolfaghar's blow is tainted. He needs a new supplier.

3 posted on 08/19/2006 2:28:13 AM PDT by zarf
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To: zarf

I thought Zolfaghar was Abby Dinnerjacket's blow-up doll...


4 posted on 08/19/2006 2:30:30 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: HAL9000
Oh darn , these people are french.
5 posted on 08/19/2006 2:35:25 AM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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To: HAL9000
The first stage of the maneuvers began with air strikes in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, the report said.

Given the poor state of the Iranian Air Force, they won't be able to fly many excercises like that. If hostilities were to occur, they'd be the first on the "things to destroy" list.

6 posted on 08/19/2006 2:47:30 AM PDT by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: HAL9000

Does anyone else expect there to be some significant relationship between 8-22 and 9-11?


7 posted on 08/19/2006 2:57:34 AM PDT by Rapscallion (In war the only moral value is to win. America, you must become ruthless.)
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To: Rapscallion

I say we kick there ass take names i'm sick of this


8 posted on 08/19/2006 3:00:14 AM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (America Love it or Leave it!)
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To: edpc

i wonder if this has anything to do with iran attacking the kurds..


9 posted on 08/19/2006 3:11:15 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: nikos1121

i dont think so


10 posted on 08/19/2006 3:12:58 AM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (America Love it or Leave it!)
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To: edpc
"Given the poor state of the Iranian Air Force, they won't be able to fly many exercises like that"

Are they still flying F4 Phantoms or did they upgrade to MIGs purchased from Russia?
11 posted on 08/19/2006 3:35:32 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Dixie Yooper

I find it interesting that Google Earth has updated and better resolution shots of shall we say "selected" areas of Iran. I even was able to find the house I rented when I was stationed in Teheran 1972-74 (Stratcom).


12 posted on 08/19/2006 4:00:24 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: All


13 posted on 08/19/2006 4:07:42 AM PDT by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: mazda77

It must be something the Chinese requested.


14 posted on 08/19/2006 4:09:24 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: StoneWall Brigade

Come on over then! We'll make room for you.


15 posted on 08/19/2006 4:14:03 AM PDT by LFOD (IRAQ - Back in downtown Baghdad)
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To: AdmSmith

"The first stage of the maneuvers began with air strikes in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, the report said"

hmmm.....I wonder how many people were "accidently" killed?


16 posted on 08/19/2006 4:57:04 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Rapscallion
PREDICTION: Iran's military exercises and North Korea's nuke test are related. Soon, the alliance of evil between these two powers will be revealed. Together they defy and threaten the peace of the world.

You are probably right. I'd also include the recent flare up by the Hezbo's with Israel as an attempt by Iran to divert attention away from what they are really doing.

17 posted on 08/19/2006 5:13:06 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: nuconvert

Bet we have every airplane counted by the time this is over.


18 posted on 08/19/2006 5:53:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Dixie Yooper
Here's a graph from Global Security on the estimated state of the Iranian Air Force.

IIAF Inventory

19 posted on 08/19/2006 6:10:50 AM PDT by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: Flavius

Look at all those targets!


20 posted on 08/19/2006 6:22:12 AM PDT by blasater1960 ( Ishmaelites...Still a wild-ass of a people....)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

And more


21 posted on 08/19/2006 6:31:58 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: HAL9000
Don't forget these 2 points

a) MoHamHead in Iran stated August 22nd way back in Mid June for 'their response' to our demand to stop enrichment.

b) we know the Islamic religious significance of the date and how MoHamHead feels he is a prophet destined to bring about the return of the hidden imam (apocalyptic)

c) just this week Iran announces these military exercises to start the 19th and last 5 days. That is the last day falling on Aug 22nd

d) also this week: news reports of signs N.Korea is also preparing for a nuke test in the near future

e) In the past 2 weeks:
1) Foiled massive bombings in UK->US flights
2) SEVERAL more 'false alarm' (dry runs / diversion) reports on other airplanes
3) Busts of muslim men in America with thousands of cell phones
4) A scare or two at ports.

Sure is getting hot in here....
22 posted on 08/19/2006 7:08:27 AM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: FreedomNeocon

Oh yeah, can't forget the palistinians and hezbo's and their shanangans.

Oh yeah and the recent reports of Iranian military running around destroying Sattelite dishes and enforcing laws that were ignored for many years.


23 posted on 08/19/2006 7:10:23 AM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Flavius

Such fine troops. Too bad that if they try and attack us they will be wiped out in greater numbers than the Iraqi Army.


24 posted on 08/19/2006 7:25:53 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: HAL9000

"The Blow of Zolfaghar,"

And you can k*ss both sides of my @ss also.


25 posted on 08/19/2006 7:26:53 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: nuconvert; DoctorZIn; FARS; freedom44; jeffers; Dog; Cap Huff; Coop
The blow of Zolfaghar The name has another connotation:

The Order of Zolfaghar: Founded by Reza Shah on 11th August 1922 and modified on 10th April 1925. It was the highest order of Imperial Iranian Armed Forces, awarded for exceptional military services in foreign conflicts and/or extraordinary gallantry in battle.



They Mullahs must know about this order, so the question is if this military show is related to exceptional military services in foreign conflicts?
26 posted on 08/19/2006 7:47:13 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: edpc
Interesting list of equipment. Other than the F14 Tomcats, every thing else is pretty much junk against our air power and I would bet that more than 2/3 of the Tomcats are in need of critical parts. They seem to be in worse shape the Saddam's air force before Desert Storm.
27 posted on 08/19/2006 12:23:44 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: HAL9000

Iran personified.

28 posted on 08/19/2006 2:04:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (No.... wire .... hangers!)
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To: HAL9000
I think it's damn nice of the Iranians to show us their tactics and equipment, although they are using munitions they should keep for the real fight. I'm sure our satellites are picking up every movement...
29 posted on 08/21/2006 7:12:17 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The greatest impediment to world peace is the UN and the Peaceniks)
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