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Iran to conduct wargames in Persian Gulf starting Nov. 2

TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (ISNA)-The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps General Commander announced that the second Great Holy Prophet of Islam maneuver will start from the 2nd of November in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea waters.

Iranian navy fires missile in Persian Gulf
(file photo: August 2006)

Brigadier General Rahim Safavi in a news conference held for this purpose stated that the first objective of this maneuver was illustrating Iran's national will and power in a full scale defense of it territorial integrity.

"The participant forces in this maneuver will include the special armed forces of the navy, air force, land forces and the Basij," he explained.

Safavi while stating that this maneuver would cover the entire Persian Gulf and Oman Sea shores commented that the second Great Holy Prophet of Islam's maneuver posed no threat to the region or neighboring countries.

"This maneuver concentrates on the region's security," he stressed.

"The security model which the Islamic Republic of Iran bares in mind is establishing security and protecting the region through the cooperation of all regional countries," he added.

"Iran regards its neighbors as its friends and allies and our enemies are our neighbor's enemies," said Brigadier General Safavi while adding "The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in this maneuver only intends to illustrate that how the sons of Iran can defend their country."

The IRGC General Commander went on to note that the Islamic Republic of Iran saw defense and the regions security two connected issues.

Brigadier General Rahim Safavi also referred to the joint U.S. maneuver.

"This maneuver is a political propaganda and has no military values," he said.

... Payvand News - 11/1/06 ... --

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