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DEBKAfile: Big US Armed Forces integrated Valiant Shield exercises simulate possible operation against Iran
August 6, 2007, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile’s military sources report: This will be America’s last major combined sea-air war game during Bush presidency which ends in Jan. 2009 and last opportunity for drilling large-scale combined units should the president decide on a military operation against Iran.
To indicate that outside eyes were not desired, foreign observers who attended the Pacific exercises last year were not invited this year. US military sources in the region said that invitations to officers of regional nations to watch the drills would have had to include Malaysia, which has close ties with Iran.
According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources, the exercises will be held in conditions resembling as closely as possible those in Iran and practice assaults of the kind that may be executed against the Islamic Republic.