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Iran Army prepared to repel enemies: Commander

22 May 2016 16:21



A senior Iranian military commander says the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic are fully prepared to counter any act of aggression by enemies.

“The enemies are bent on dealing a blow to the [Islamic] establishment and we will never let this happen through our full military and defensive preparedness,” Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said in a Sunday address to Iranian units attending a major maneuver in the central province of Isfahan.

The commander said the Iranian forces’ high capabilities made the United States change its strategies and pursue its objectives by strengthening Takfiri groups which are financially supported by certain regional countries.

Pourdastan said the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces stand by the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) not only inside the country but in its advisory mission in Syria.

“Daesh and Takfiri groups are our small enemies and the US and the Israeli regime are our main enemies,” Pourdastan said.

During the first phase of the two-day exercise codenamed Beit-ul-Muqaddas 28 on Sunday, the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces successfully test-fired domestically-manufactured short-range N-6 and N-10 Naze’at and Fajr 5 rockets.

Iranian Army’s Ground Forces successfully test-fire a short-range rocket during a major military drill codenamed Beit-ul-Muqaddas 28 in the central province of Isfahan on May 22, 2016. © Fars News Agency

Long-range artillery of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces also hit predetermined targets during the drill.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

Iran has also conducted other major military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and state-of-the-art army equipment.

The Islamic Republic maintains that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.

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