TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi announced on Sunday that his forces are due to stage massive exercises codenamed ‘Towards Beit al-Moqaddas’ in the Central province of Qom.
General Naqdi said that 120 Basij battalions from nine provinces would take part in the military maneuvers.
“The two-day military exercises will be held near Qom city on November 19-20,” Iran’s Basij commander said.
The Towards Beit al-Moqaddas drills started three years ago and have been conducted in 28 provinces of the country so far.
In late October, Basij force held wargames in Kurdistan province, Western Iran, to show its defensive preparedness against any possible threat.
“20,000 Basij forces who have been organized within the framework of different battalions will participate in ‘Towards Beit al-Moqaddas’ wargames to exercise preparedness to fight against possible threats in the region,” Commander of the IRGC’s Beit al-Moqaddas Corps in Kurdistan Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Rajabi told reporters in Sanandaj city.
Also in mid-October, the Basij Force staged two-day ‘Towards Beit al-Moqaddas’ in Hamedan province, Western Iran.
“Three ‘Beit al Moqaddas’ battalions took part in the wargames conducted in Hamedan province on Thursday and Friday,” Commander of Hamedan IRGC Hassan Barzegar told reporters on October 16.
He reiterated the high level of preparedness of ‘Beit al Moqaddas’ battalions to confront the enemies.
Barzegar mentioned that ambush and counter-attack tactics as well as sensitive centers protection and defense operations will be exercised in the drills.
In Early September, Basij force started two days of wargames in Northeastern Iran to show its defensive preparedness against any possible threat.
“We are trying to stage in the best possible way these ‘towards Beit al-Moqaddas’ drills codenamed Ya Rasoulallah that started in Ardebil province today,” Commander of Brigade 37 of Hazrat Abbas (AS) of Ardebil province Farhang Mostae’ed said.
He announced that during the wargames, the Basij forces’ combat and defensive preparedness as well as their relief and rescue skills would be tested.