Iran to hold "massive" air defense drills

Iranian soldiers keep watch at a patrol post in Zabol, southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border, on October 10, 2012.

TEHRAN, Iran Iran's official news agency says the country's military will hold "massive" air defense maneuvers in the east, starting this weekend.

Gen. Farzad Esmaili, head of Iran's air defense headquarters, says the drill will include Iranian jet fighters, drones, air defense systems and about 8,000 troops.