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Plane crashes during parade where Ahmadinejad boasts of military might

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been boasting that Iran's military is stronger than ever. But a parade intended to show off Tehran's strength is instead drawing attention to its aviation problems.

State radio says a military transport plane crashed, killing seven people. State TV has been showing footage of the burning wreckage surrounded by fire trucks in farmlands south of Tehran.

There's been no word on the cause, but both Iranian military and civilian have been plagued by accidents. U.S. sanctions make it difficult for Iran to get spare parts, but experts also say the airlines often have poor maintenance.

Ahmadinejad spoke at the parade before the crash. He said "no power dares imagine" invading Iran, and warned that Iran's armed forces are ready to "cut the hand of anyone" who might attack.


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