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Largest ever military exercise to be held in western, southern Iran

Kermanshah, Nov 8, IRNA -- The largest ever military exercise of the Army of the Islamic Republic will be carried out in western Iran, Commander of Ground Forces of the Army Brigadier General Nasser Armanfar said on Monday.

Speaking at a ceremony to introduce new commander of the 81st armoured division of Kermanshah province, he said that the military exercise has been designed as a deterrence to any threat across the provinces of Kermanshah, Ilam and Khuzestan.

"In the exercise dubbed 'Followers of Velayat: Supreme Jurisprudent' some 12 divisions of the Army, four bases of the Aviation Service of the Ground Forces and the Artillery unit will take part," he said.

Divisions 21 of Zanjan, 28 of Kurdestan, 64 of Orumiyeh and 30rd of Gorgan will join the troops of the western and southern provinces, he said.

He said that the major part of the exercise will include irregular defense and guerrilla warfare in parallel with the regular defense exercise.

Armanfar said that the divisions of the Army of the Islamic Republic are well-prepared to deal with any hostile action against the state.

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