Bandar Abbas, Khuzestan prov., Feb 20, IRNA - The first phase of military war games code-named 'Great Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)' kicked off at Khatamol Anbia headquarters in Bandar Abbas on Tuesday.
During the war games Ashura and al-Zahra battalions conducted massive operation to raise their combat readiness, Commander of Basij (volunteer) forces in Bandar Abbas Colonel Alireza Sheibani said on Tuesday.
Speaking to IRNA, he said eleven battalions are engaged in the military exercises which are to last for nine days.
The military exercises are being held simultaneously in 16 provinces -- Tehran, Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Fars, Kohgiloyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Gilan, Qazvin, Markazi, Kurdestan, Kerman, South Khorassan, Zanjan, Semnan, Mazandaran and Qom.
The current war games are the second launched by the IRGC within a period of one month.
The IRGC earlier this year staged naval and air maneuvers aimed at testing the defense capabilities and preparedness of its ballistic missile units.
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