Iranís army has launched unannounced military drills in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, Iranian state media reported.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported on October 9 that the exercises included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades, and helicopters.

The maneuvers in Iranís Western Azerbaijan Province are being overseen by Iranís army chief, Major General Abdolrahim Musavi, according to state TV.

The reports did not mention the number of troops taking part.

The announcement of the drills comes as Turkey says it is about to launch an offensive into northern Syria.

Tehran, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in Syriaís civil war, opposes the planned Turkish incursion.
On October 9, Iranian President Hassan Rohani called on Ankara to show restraint and avoid military action in northern Syria.

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