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Iran’s IRGC to stage military exercise

21 April 2010 17:15

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will stage a massive military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a top IRGC commander announced.

“The three-day maneuver will start in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday,” IRGC Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said on Wednesday.

He added that the drill, dubbed “Great Prophet 5,” will be carried out to “lay emphasis on security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.”

The IRGC commander said that the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz sea passage are host to key economic and energy routes adding, “We intend to display Iran’s constructive, positive and determining role in establishing security in the region.”

He explained that new weapons including the IRGC’s missile potential would be tested during the maneuver.

Salami said that the drill carries the message of “peace and friendship” for Persian Gulf states, adding, “The military exercise is not a threat for any neighboring country.”

The event will coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of IRGC. The IRGC’s naval, air and ground forces will take part in the drill.

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