Massive military drill to be held in southern Iran: Commander

Tehran, Dec 18, IRNA – A senior military commander said on Thursday that the Iranian armed forces are to stage a large scale military maneuver in south of the country which stretches from north of the Indian Ocean to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi stressed that various surface and under-surface units from Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as the Basij (Volunteer) Force are to attend the seven-day war-game which will begin on December 25 in a 2.2 million-square-meter area.

The military drill is codenamed 'Mohammad Rasolallah' (PBUH), Commander Mousavi told reporters in a press conference.

He added the maneuver will cover a large area of Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

The military war-game carries a message of peace and friendship for regional states as Iran is never seeking dominance over other nations, said the commander.

Commander Mousavi stressed that Iran is against foreign interference in the region and believes that regional peace and stability will be secured by regional states.

The commander added the military drill aims at boosting combat power of the Iranian armed forces.