Basij forces stage military drill

Boroujerd, Lorestan prov, Feb 18, IRNA – A large-scale war game, codenamed ‘Ela Beit-ul-Muqaddas’ (Towards Beit-ul-Muqaddas) opened in this western province of Lorestan on Thursday.

Over 1,200 Iranian Basij (volunteer) male and female forces from six battalions are attending the war game.

The large-scale two-day maneuver is aimed at fostering the strength and combat powers of Basiji forces.

The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer force established in 1979 on the order of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

The force consists of often young Iranians, who have volunteered, with a strong sense of fidelity to both the Islamic system and the religious beliefs.
Iran has conducted several drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipments.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.