Iran to hold war games ahead of UN deadline

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards launch their second war games in a month on Monday, just days ahead of a UN deadline regarding Iran's nuclear program. The Revolutionary Guards will begin three days of ground maneuvers, dubbed Eghtedar, or Grandeur, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Sunday "The guards will practice various kinds of fighting tactics including tactics of asymmetrical warfare," the report said without elaborating. The games are to take place in 16 of Iran's 30 provinces, IRNA reported. Some 60,000 troops were expected to participate - a typical number of participants. The exercise was planned before the United Nations Security Council approved economic sanctions against Iran on Dec. 23.