July 7, 2012

A senior Iranian commander says the Army Ground Forces plan to launch a military drill codenamed Qaem in the western part of the country.

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on Saturday that the drill would begin on Monday.

Pourdastan added that the Army Ground Forces had planned eight military drills to be held in the current Persian calendar year (beginning March 21) of which three have been carried out.

Last week, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched a three-day missile drill codenamed the Great Prophet 7, in the central Iranian province of Semnan.

Indigenous missiles including Shahab (Meteor) 1, 2, 3, Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf), Tondar (Lightning), Fateh (Victor) and Zelzal (Quake) as well as Qiam (Uprising) were tested during the drill.

In February, the IRGC conducted a military exercise named Val Fajr in Markazi (central) Desert days after the Army’s air forces wrapped up the four-day exercise, Tharallah, near the strategic Persian Gulf region.

Also in February, during the Hamiyan-e Velayat drill, the IRGC forces practiced tactical commando raid and aerial combat, launched air offensive and defensive operations and carried out heliborne and anti-heliborne operations.

In January, the IRGC Ground Forces held the Shohaday-e Vahdat military drill in the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

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