- The Washington Times - Monday, August 19, 2013

Iranian high schools will begin teaching students how to hunt and bring down drones, according to media reports.

The Iranian newspaper Etemad quoted a top official with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Ali Fazli, saying the military unit will oversee a “defensive readiness” program to teach students how to track unmanned craft and hack into their computer systems.

The classes reportedly will begin in September.

It’s the latest step by Iranian hardliners to secure a larger role for the military in the nation’s schools. Students at both junior and senior high schools already take courses focusing on “civil defense,” according to the Associated Press.

The classes also would be the latest example of a backlash against the use of drones by the U.S. military, which has employed the unmanned craft to strike terrorist targets in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere in the Middle East.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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