News ID: 280543
Published: 0544 GMT February 10, 2021

IRGC to stage military drill to mark anniversary of Islamic Revolution: Commander

IRGC to stage military drill to mark anniversary of Islamic Revolution: Commander

Ground Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is set to launch a military exercise in the coming days on the occasion of the 42nd victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, said the Grand Force commander.

According to Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the drill, codenamed the Great Prophet 16, will be held in the country’s southwestern region before the weekend, Press TV reported on Tuesday.

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

He explained the military drill is also aimed at reviewing the operational potentials of the IRGC’s Ground Force and test the operational strength of its different units, including the UAV, Air Force, armor, rangers, special force 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 drills, 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 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.

Iranians mark the victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution each year by holding nationwide celebrations for ten days, dubbed the Daheye Fajr or Ten-Day Dawn. It starts on Bahman 12, the day when the Founder of the Islamic Republic the late Imam Khomeini returned from exile in 1979 and ends on Bahman 22 the day of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. This year the occasion falls between January 31 and February 10.  

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