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February 4, 2012 1:00 pm
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Iranian Military Starts New Military Exercises After Tense Week

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard Air Force Shahed 285A. Photo: wiki commons.

ABC News/AP – Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard began military exercises Saturday in the country’s south, the latest show of force after threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for tougher Western sanctions.

The latest military maneuvers got under way following stern warnings by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, about any possible U.S. or Israeli attacks against Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Western forces also have boosted their naval presence in the Gulf led by the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

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