In a distinctly out-of-character display of silence, Iran has quietly been conducting war games along the border with Iraq without fanfare or announcement. Iran announced the conclusion of their military maneuvers, in contrast to their usual display of bravado of giving extensive publicity to military exercises mostly designed to show off weapons systems. It has not been made clear why the large military exercise was not announced beforehand by Iran.
Two months ago Iran had announced that it would hold war games during the month of December, and that was the last anyone heard of these games until it was revealed, indirectly, that the games were already over. The Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Monday that two military officers had been killed in a car accident on their way home from the large exercises by the military ground forces. No further details were given.