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IRGC wargames start across Iran

Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA - The Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) Monday launched a three-day military exercise in 16 provinces across the country.

IRGC ground forces consisting of 20 brigades will test the most modern arms in the exercises that are held annually.

The IRGC military exercises, dubbed Eqtedar, started with the firing of short, medium and long-range missiles.

File photo, November 2006

The IRGC ground maneuvers are aimed at maintaining its different units' combat readiness.

The guards will practice various kinds of military tactics including those involved in asymmetrical warfare.

The Fajr-3, Fajr-5 and Zelzal missiles with various ranges will be fired during the three-day wargames.

Talking to IRNA, Commander of IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi said the current Eqtedar (Grand) military maneuvers will be conducted in three stages.

He further said that the exercises will be the biggest conducted by the IRGC ground forces in the current Iranian year (stated March 21, 2006).

The exercises are to be conducted in accordance with the established military doctrine of the IRGC ground forces, the commander said.

The military exercises are being held simultaneously in 16 provinces -- Tehran, Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Fars, Kohgilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Gilan, Qazvin, Markazi, Kordestan, Kerman, South Khorassan, Zanjan, Semnan, Mazandaran and Qom.

The wargames are the second launched by the IRGC in a period of one month.

The IRGC earlier this year staged naval and air maneuvers aimed at testing the defence capabilities and preparedness of its ballistic missile units.

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