20 Nov 2011

Military exercise being held by Iran

4:55 am on 20 November 2011

Iran has begun a four-day military exercise aimed at testing its ability to protect nuclear facilities and other strategic sites in case of an attack.

State media reports say the drills, involving the Revolutionary Guards and regular army units, are taking place in the east of the country.

The BBC reports the exercise is being held amid heightened tensions over Iran's nuclear programme.