By Gabe Fisher
Iranian news agency saysLargest exercise in Mideast history set to take place within a month; Syrian official denies reportBy Gabe Fisher June 19, 2012, 1:11 pm 510 Share on emailEmailShare on printPrintShareAn Iranian ship crossing the Suez Canal in March 2012 wargamesIranSyriaIran, Syria, Russia and China are planning the “biggest-ever wargames in the Middle East,” according to an unconfirmed report on the semi-official Iranian news site Fars News. A Syrian official denied the claims.
According to the article, the four countries are preparing 90,000 troops, 400 aircraft and 1,000 tanks for the massive joint maneuvers, which are to take place along the Syrian coast within a month.
The report states that Russian “atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines will also arrive in Syria” and that Egypt has agreed to let 12 Chinese warships cross the Suez Canal for the exercises.
According to Israel Radio, Bouthaina Shaabana, a Syrian official and President Bashar Assad’s special adviser, said the reports about such a drill are “baseless” and false.
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