Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 October 2019

Iran holds unannounced military drill near Turkey border: reports

The Iranian drill included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades and helicopters

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet in Tehran, Iran. EPA
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet in Tehran, Iran. EPA

Iran's army began an unannounced military drill in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported,

The drill came as Turkish troops prepare to enter the territory of Iran's ally Syria.

"Turkey has no ambition in north-eastern Syria except to neutralise a long-standing threat against Turkish citizens and to liberate the local population from the yoke of armed thugs," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said Wednesday.

ISNA said the Iranian drill included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades, and helicopters from the Army Ground Force's Air Unit.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Turkey to show restraint and avoid military action in Northern Syria, and said US forces should leave the region.

"Turkey is rightfully worried about its southern borders. We believe that a correct path should be adopted to remove those concerns... American troops must leave the region... Kurds in Syria... should support the Syrian army," IRNA quoted Mr Rouhani as saying.

Updated: October 9, 2019 01:21 PM

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