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Iran to teach drone-hunting to school students


August 19. 2013 5:36AM
Associated Press

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(AP) An Iranian newspaper is reporting that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students.


The Monday report by pro-reform Etemad daily quotes Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard's Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a "Defensive Readiness" lesson in high schools.


The report did not elaborate.


Iranian hardliners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country's education system. Students of both junior and senior high schools currently take courses focusing on "civil defense."


Iran captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone in 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace. Since then, Tehran says it has seized more U.S. drones, including a Boeing-designed ScanEagle.


Associated Press


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