Iranian Air Force Commander Brig. Gen. Hassan Shahsafi said in Tehran today that the Air Force massive air drill on 22 June, dubbed "Milad-e-Noure-Velayat” wargames, proved that the Air Force is capable of “standing against all threats.” [Fars News Agency, 5 July].
"The Air Force is standing up to all threats honorably, mightily and powerfully and it will not step back," said Gen. Shahsafi.
The statement came after the Israeli Air Force was reported to be planning to participate in a joint aerial exercise with NATO forces in Europe and the US to train for long-range flights as test-runs for potential strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Earlier in the day, Vice President Biden had told ABC television the US would not stand in the way if the Israelis decided they needed to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.