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News number: 9107134489

19:21 | 2013-01-09

Defence

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Basij Units to Stage New Wargames throughout Iran in Winter

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Basij (volunteer) force plans to stage a series of exercises in 8 provinces in the next two months to test their defense capabilities.



"Our next wargames will be held in (Iran's Southern province of) Hormozgan on Bahman 5 and 6 (January 24 and 25)," Lieutenant Commander of Basji Force Colonel Nosratollah Seif told FNA on Wednesday.

"We will also have another exercise in Kerman province (Southeast of Iran) on Bahman 12 and 13 (January 31- February 1) and 6 more drills will be carried out in Esfand (February 19 -March 20) as well," Seif added.

The commander further noted that Basij will continue training of its units to promote the power of its forces for confrontation against enemies' hard, semi-hard and soft threats, and this will continue "until we will rest assured that there is no more threat against the Islamic Republic ruling system".

So far, 21 similar exercises, codenamed 'Towards Beitol-Moqaddas (Jerusalem), have been held throughout Iran to promote Basij forces' power in confrontation against potential enemy threats against the country.