of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi says Tehran will display
the country’s new defensive achievements in a military parade next week.
Amnesty International has condemned the Bahraini and Saudi regimes
for what it calls heavy-handed tactics to crackdown on protesters.
“New achievements in military and defense fields will be displayed in a march on April 18,” Salehi said on Sunday.
April 18 (Farvardin 29) marks the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army Day.
“Today Iran’s Army and [the country’s] other armed forces cannot be
compared with the beginning of the [eight-year of] Sacred Defense in
terms of capability, self-realization and reliance on domestic
productions,” Fars News Agency quoted Salehi as saying,
The Iranian commander added that the Islamic Republic has achieved
all the sciences of domestically producing weapons, and has been able to
neutralize threats and deter the enemy.
Referring to the interference of Saudi Arabia’s military in Bahrain,
Salehi said, “The soldiers who attacked these countries, particularly
Bahrain, are mercenaries of global arrogance.”
Bahrainis have been demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty since February 14.
Dozens of people have been killed and thousands of others injured since the start of the uprising.
In March, Saudi Arabia,…