Iran drills near border for IS attack

Iran’s army is conducting exercises close to its border with Afghanistan designed to simulate how it would respond if “terrorist groups” such as the Islamic State organization mounted an attack.

The operation in the northeastern province of Khorasan came a day after a military commander said IS would be “neutralized” if it breached a 40 kilometer (25 mile) zone approaching Iran’s borders.

Tanks, helicopters and planes are taking part in the maneuvers, the ISNA news agency reports.

“One aim of the exercise was to practice methods and means to confront the possible actions of terrorist groups at the borders,” says General Amir Reza Azarban, an army commander in the province.


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