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IRGC Ground Force set to stage military drill in coming days: Commander

Elite forces of the Ground Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps partake in Payambar-e A’zam (Great Prophet) 12 military drills in the Persian Gulf on December 21, 2018. (Photo by Tasnim News Agency)

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force is set to stage a military exercise in the coming days to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, says the force commander.

IRGC Ground Force Commander Mohammad Pakpour said on Tuesday the ground stage of the drill, codenamed the Great Prophet 16, will be held in the country’s southwestern region before the weekend.

“This stage of the exercise aims to objectively evaluate the latest achievements and capabilities” of the IRGC’s ground troops, Brigadier General Pakpour said.

He explained that the drill is also aimed at reviewing his forces’ operational potential and test the operational strength of different units, including UAV, Air Force, Armor, Rangers, Special Forces and Artillery units.

“Along with its serious responsibilities of providing security in the northwest, west, southeast and east of the country, the IRGC Ground Force is fully prepared to face any possible threat,” the general added.

The IRGC held the previous phase of the drill, codenamed the Great Prophet 15, in mid-January. During the two-day exercise, the IRGC forces launched home-grown ballistic missiles to destroy mock enemy warships in the northern Indian Ocean. The IRGC’s missiles detected and destroyed the targets as they were sailing 1,800 kilometers away in a remote area in the ocean.

Iran’s Armed Forces held a series of maneuvers last month, in the midst of heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. In his final days in office, former US president Donald Trump had sharply stepped up military threats against Iran, raising fears of a military conflict in the Middle East.

Iran said its latest drills served as a warning message to the enemies against any act of aggression against the Islamic Republic.

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