Report: Iran, Russia, China to Hold Mass Military Drill in Syria

Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency claims plans underway for joint land and sea-based war games, with 90,000 soldiers and hundreds of aircraft taking part, to take place in early July.

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Iran, Russia, China and Syria are planning to hold joint military drill in Syria in early July, according to a report published Tuesday morning by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.

Citing "informed sources," Fars reported that the four countries will conduct war games on land and at sea, with the participation of some 90,000 soldiers, 1,000 tanks and 400 aircraft.

According to the sources, Egypt has agreed to allow 12 Chinese warships passage through the Suez Canal on their way to Syria.

Iranian battleships and submarines, along with Russian nuclear submarines, warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers will also participate in the exercise.

Fars quoted "unofficial sources" who described the exercise as the largest war games exercise ever conducted in the Middle East.

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An image made from amateur video, released by the Shaam News Network, purporting to show smoke rising from buildings in Homs, Syria, June 18, 2012. Credit: AP

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