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IRGC Ground Forces Exercise Security-Offensive Operations

13 April 2016 16:38

Tens of IRGC Ground Force units conducted security-offensive-destruction drills on the second day of their massive wargames in Southeastern Iran on Wednesday.

Tens of IRGC Ground Force units conducted security-offensive-destruction drills on the second day of their massive wargames in Southeastern Iran on Wednesday.

The second day of the drills started in Mirjaveh region in Sistan and Balouchestan province in the presence of IRGC Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour.

Speaking to reporters, General Pakpour said three different operations will be carried out during the Wednesday exercises, including ambush operations against simulated enemies who have sneaked into the country.

“Based on the scenario of the drills, the (simulated) enemy seeks to cut the road leading to a border checkpoint and attack it and the checkpoint will be won back during the exercises,” he said, adding that the third operation will remove the road blockade with heavy fire.

Noting that his forces mostly conduct security-offensive operations, Pakpour said, “During the current drills, the offensive-destruction operations will be carried out for the first time.”

He also said that the IRGC Air Force helicopters are also present in the wargames in large numbers to attack simulated enemy’s targets.

The IRGC Ground Force started massive wargames in Southeastern Iran on Tuesday morning.

The drills started in the presence of Head of the Services and Joint Affairs of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Shadmani, General Pakpour and other commanders and experts in Saravan region in Sistan and Balouchestan province.

The massive security exercises dubbed as ‘Payambar A’zam (the Great Prophet) (PBUH)’ will continue until Thursday.

During the drills, the IRGC Ground Force troops are due to exercise hostage release through heliborne operations, parachute operations and destroy enemy targets through concentrated Katyusha fire.

In the first hours of the wargames on Tuesday, three helicopters of the IRGC Air Force targeted simulated enemy positions and destroyed them.

Last month, the IRGC staged major ballistic missile exercises. Called ‘Eqtedar-e Velayat’, the command, tactical and special exercises were conducted in the presence of IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari as well as Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.

The exercises were meant to test advanced missile defense systems as well as showcase the deterrence power and the clout of the IRGC forces in defending the country’s territorial integrity against foreign threats.

The drills were held in different geographical locations, using ballistic missiles fired from silos in Central Iran and mountain ranges in the North.

 

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