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Iran To Stage Missile-Defense Exercise

TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will stage missile-defense exercises starting on September 27, Iranian media have reported.

The announcement of the war games coincides with increased tension in Iran's nuclear dispute with the West, after this week's disclosure by the Islamic Republic that it is building a second uranium-enrichment plant.

"The Revolutionary Guards' air force will tomorrow start missile, defensive war part of regular annual defense plans to maintain and upgrade defense capacities of...Iran's armed forces," an IRGC statement said, quoted by the Mehr and IRNA news agencies.

General Hossein Salami, head of the IRGC air force, said the games would include simultaneous firings of missiles at targets.

The exercises will last several days and take place in various locations.