Iran's new game: 'Rescue Nuke Scientist'
TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian hard-line student group unveiled a new video game
Monday that simulates an attempt to rescue two Iranian nuclear experts kidnapped
by the U.S. military and held in Iraq and Israel.
The "Rescue the Nuke Scientist" video game, designed by the Union of Students
Islamic Association, was described by its creators as a response to a U.S.-based
company's "Assault on Iran" game, which depicts an American attack on an Iranian
"This is our defense against the enemy's cultural onslaught," Mohammad Taqi
Fakhrian, a leader of the student group, told reporters Monday.
Iran and the U.S.
have been in a standoff over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington alleges is
a cover for developing atomic weapons. Tehran denies the
charges and says its nuclear projects have peaceful purposes.
Tensions also have escalated over the detention of five Iranians in Iraq.
U.S. authorities have said the five include members of Iran's elite Quds Force,
which is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants. Iran has denied the
allegations and insists the five are merely diplomats.
In "Rescue the Nuke Scientist," U.S. troops capture a husband-and-wife team
of nuclear engineers during a pilgrimage to Karbala, a holy
site for Shiite Muslims, in central Iraq. Game players take on the role of
Iranian security forces carrying out a mission code-named "The Special
Operation," which involves penetrating fortified locations to free the nuclear
scientists, who are moved from Iraq to Israel.
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