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Iran Army stages exercise near Iraq border

Special to WorldTribune.com

NICOSIA — The Iranian Army has conducted a combat air and ground

Deputy Commander of Operations Brig. Ali Mehrabi said the main purpose of the war game was to “showcase the armed forces capabilities and enhance individual and collective skills to counter possible threats posed by enemies.”

Officials said the Army held a two-day exercise that ended on Oct. 31
near the border with Iraq. They said the exercise, called Zolfaghar-91, was meant to test combat and interoperability by helicopters and infantry forces.

“This maneuver was among the most spectacular drills ever held by the Iranian Army in which 55 airborne, helicopter and other units of the ground forces took part,” Brig. Gen. Manoucher Kazemi, head of the Army’s Western Command, said.

Kazemi told Iran’s official news agency Irna that Zolfaghar contained
three phases, the last of which was a live-fire demonstration. The commander said the army deployed unmanned aerial vehicles and heavy weapons in an effort to improve rapid response operations.

Iranian state television showed footage from the exercise, said to have
taken place near the towns of Qaser Shirin and Sarpol Zahab. The footage showed Iranian troops parachuting from helicopters.

Officials said the latest exercise was conducted by the regular Iranian
Army. Teheran has also developed its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps, said to have 125,000 troops.

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