K.S. Rajan (27 Dec 2011)
"report by bill koenig"


Dec. 22, 2011: Iran's navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari
briefs media on an upcoming naval exercise,
in a press conference in Tehran, Iran.
Iran's navy has begun a 10-day drill in international waters beyond the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway for about a third of the world's oil tanker traffic.
The exercise could bring Iranian ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels in the area.
Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari says Iran is holding the war games to show off its prowess and defense capabilities. State TV broadcast his
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