Topic - Iran'S Military

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  • **FILE** Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel watch the launch of a Zelzal missile during military maneuvers near Qom on June 28, 2011. (Mehr News Agency via Associated Press)

    Iran's army drill to test new air defense system

    Iran's military is to test a new air defense system modeled after the U.S. Hawk system as tensions with the West escalate over the country's suspect nuclear program, the Iranian state TV reported Monday.

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a public gathering in Iran. He says Tehran is willing to deal with the outside world but resents U.N. sanctions. (Associated Press)

    Military in Iran seen as taking control

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that Iran's government is becoming a military dictatorship, with religious leaders being sidelined and, as a result, new sanctions could pressure Tehran into curbing its illegal nuclear program.

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