Iran equips 51 cities with civil defense systems – defense official


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Sept 3 (Reuters) – Iran has equipped 51 of its towns and villages with civil defense systems to thwart any possible foreign attack, a senior defense official said on Saturday, amid escalating tensions with Israel and United States.

Civil defense equipment allows Iran’s armed forces to “identify and monitor threats using software around the clock based on the type of threat and risk”, Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mehdi Farahi, quoted by Iranian media.

“Nowadays, depending on the strength of countries, the shape of battles has become more complicated,” Farahi said, adding that hybrid forms of warfare, including cyber, biological and radioactive attacks, have replaced conventional wars.

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He did not name countries that could threaten Iran.

Iran has accused Israel and the United States of cyberattacks in recent years that have damaged the country’s infrastructure. Iran has also accused Israel, which has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility, of sabotaging its nuclear facilities.

US-Iranian military tensions have also long dogged the region. In the latest incident, Iran seized US military sailing drones in the Red Sea earlier this week – even as the two countries continue nuclear talks.

On Tuesday, the US Navy said it foiled an attempt by Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval forces to capture an unmanned surface vessel operated by the US 5th Fleet in the Gulf. Iran said the drone posed a danger to maritime traffic.

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