Iran’s army begins massive drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting the country’s army has begun a massive military drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, chief of the Army’s ground forces, told state television on Thursday that the maneuvers are aimed at “transferring experiences” to younger generations of the Iranian soldiers.

The weeklong exercise will be carried out over 850,000 square miles in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, Sea of Oman and the eastern part of the passage, through which one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes, according to the report.

The initial part of the drill includes exercises by ground units in southeast Iran on Thursday and Friday.

By The Associated Press


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