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Iran readies to fend off “enemy assaults” on capital

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 25 – Radical Islamist militiamen affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps staged military exercises in the western suburbs of Tehran on Friday to defend the Iranian capital against “enemy assaults”, a government-run news agency reported. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Feb. 25 – Radical Islamist militiamen affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps staged military exercises in the western suburbs of Tehran on Friday to defend the Iranian capital against “enemy assaults”, a government-run news agency reported.

Some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Bassij took part in Friday morning’s military drills in Qods (Jerusalem) Garrison in Tehran’s Garm-Darreh district.

“In the military exercises, the Bassij forces destroyed the positions of enemy forces who had been ferried to Tehran by helicopters and mopped up the drop zone”, Isca-News reported.

“The Bassij forces accomplished more than 90 percent of their mission”, the report added.

Deputy Commander of the Bassij forces in Tehran, Brigadier General Ahmad Zolqadr, attended the rally. Zolqadr’s brother, Mohammad-Baqer, is a top IRGC commander who was recently appointed as Deputy Interior Minister.

While the Revolutionary Guards and the Bassij regularly stage military and security exercises in Tehran and its suburbs, it is the first time that the objective of the war games is to destroy heliborne “enemy forces” in the Iranian capital.

The exercises were code-named Imam Hassan Askari, one of the two Shia Imams whose shrine was destroyed this week in Samarra, Iraq.

The Supreme Commander of the IRGC announced on Thursday that God and Muslims would carry out a retaliatory strike against the United States, Britain, and Israel, who he alleged were behind Wednesday’s attack in Samarra.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad each separately announced that the attack on the revered shrine was the work of agents of “the occupiers of Iraq and the Zionists”.

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