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IRGC to stage military exercise in southeastern Iran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(120).jpgTEHRAN – A three-day exercise of ground troops of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, entitled the Great Prophet 8, will begin on February 23 in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman, IRGC Ground Forces Commander Mohammad Pakpour announced in a news conference on Wednesday. 
 
The IRGC held a three-day missile exercise, entitled the Great Prophet 7, in the heart of the Semnan desert in north central Iran in July 2012. 
 
Brigadier General Pakpour said that IRGC forces had started spreading out across the theatre of operation on Tuesday. 
 
He also said that the war games would be held to provide ground troops with an opportunity to practice defensive plans and asymmetric warfare tactics. 
 
New advanced pieces of military hardware, which have recently been delivered to the IRGC Ground Forces, and new telecommunications and electronic warfare systems will be used and tested during the exercise, he added. 
 
He went on to say that the other purpose of the drill was to assess the preparedness and capabilities of IRGC units. 
 
In addition, Pakpour said that the Basij volunteer forces would take part in the war games. 
 
Certain neighboring countries support terrorists 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, the IRGC general said that certain neighboring countries support the terrorist groups who operate in southeastern Iran.  
 
“Unfortunately, certain neighboring countries behave like foreign security and intelligence services and support terrorists, and even certain Persian Gulf states provide terrorist groups with money, weapons, and facilities, and we have evidence in this regard,” he said.  
 
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