Iran shows off rapid deployment forces in military war games

Iran shows off rapid deployment forces in military war games

2019/01/26 | 01:30 - Source: Baghdad Post

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)-

Iran staged war games on

Friday involving newly developed rapid redeployment units focused on fighting

enemy aggressors and armed militants, state media reported.Around 12,000 elite troops, armored vehicles, fighter jets and drones were

taking part in the two-day exercises, staged in the central province of

Isfahan, state television said.Deployed by transport planes and 60 helicopters, commandos hunted mock armed

militants, while an armored battalion blocked "enemy" forces trying

to retreat, state media said."In these war-games we will showcase two important developments: a

special-forces rapid deployment battalion and a highly mobile offensive armored

battalion," General Kioumars Heydari, head of the regular army's ground forces,

told state television.Heydari said the war games would delight Iran's friends and show any aggressors

that they would face a "rapid and crushing blow" by the Iranian army,

the state news agency IRNA reported.Relations between Iran and the United States, always frosty, have deteriorated

further following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an

international accord curbing Tehran's nuclear program and to reimpose economic

sanctions on Iran.Tensions have also risen between Iran and arch-enemy Israel as well as its Gulf

neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia, while last September ISIS e claimed

responsibility for an attack on a military parade in which 25 people were

killed.Iran holds military exercises several times a year to demonstrate its readiness

to respond to any foreign aggression.Western defense analysts say Iran often exaggerates its military


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