Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) has begun the third and last day of its ground and air military exercises codenamed Payambar-e A’zam 8 (The Great Prophet 8).
Ground forces of the IRGC successfully test-fired Tondar and Tousan anti-armor missiles during the military drill, Press TV reported.
On the third day of the Great Prophet 8 military exercise on Monday, the IRGC forces fired Tondar missiles from T72S tanks toward mock-up targets. The anti-armor weapons can destroy targets four kilometers away, Press TV reported.
This is while Tousan missile, which can strike targets 4.5 kilometers away, were fired by the BMP2 armored personnel carrier (APC).
The drill is being held in the eastern regions of the country, including the cities of Kerman, Siriz and Sirjan.
Confronting Modern Threats Exercised
Deputy Commander of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that the IRGC Ground Force is exercising modern warfare tactics in a bid to promote its capability of confronting modern threats.
Speaking on Sunday evening, Major General Baqeri said that the IRGC Ground Force units are due to exercise new warring methods and combat tactics in response to the modern threats posed to the country.
“The wargames are underway based on this specified strategy and in line with the maintenance and promotion of (the units’) preparedness,” Baqeri said.
The senior commander further reiterated that the wargames staged by the Iranian Armed Forces in time of peace are only aimed at promoting defensive preparedness.
The IRGC forces have exercised different tactics as well as its special modern warfare units on the first day of Payambar-e Azam 8 wargames.
Deputy Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi said on Saturday that The Great Prophet 8 maneuver would involve the exercise of various techniques and tactics of passive defense in asymmetric warfare.
As part of the ongoing maneuvers, the IRGC Ground Forces attacked mock enemy positions using intelligence provided by surveillance drones. Special modern warfare units conducted drills and various types of unmanned aerial vehicles were also tested.
A 20-mm caliber shoulder-launched anti-aircraft gun, which can be used to shoot down any target as far as 1,400 meters away, was also tested on Saturday.
Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Last November, Iran’s Army and the IRGC conducted a joint drill, codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4). The exercises covered an area of 950,000 square kilometers in northeast, southeast, south and central Iran.
The IRGC held a three-day missile drill dubbed The Great Prophet 7 in the central Iranian province of Semnan in July 2012.
In January 2012, the IRGC Ground Forces held the Shohaday-e Vahdat (Martyrs of Unity) military drill in the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi.
Anti-Ship Missile Unveiled
The IRGC tested a new short-range cruise missile, which can successfully destroy small- and mid-sized targets.
The domestically designed and developed anti-ship cruise missile, named Zafar (Triumph), was test-fired in the southwestern port city of Bandar Abbas, situated 1,563 kilometers (971 miles) south of the capital Tehran, on Sunday, Press TV reported.
During the test, the missile, mounted onto light speed boats, accurately detected designated targets and destroyed them.
Zafar is a short-range, anti-ship, radar-guided missile capable of hitting and destroying small and medium-sized targets with high precision.
On Saturday, the IRGC tested a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft gun, which can be used to shoot down any helicopter intruding into Iranian airspace. The 20-mm caliber weapon can target helicopters at a distance of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet).
Over the past few years, Iran has held several drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military equipment and practice tactics.
Buffer Zone Ploy to Disintegrate Syria
Senior lawmaker Mohammad-Saleh Jokar said western plans to establish a ‘buffer zone’ inside Syria are aimed at disintegrating the Arab country.
“Establishing a buffer zone in Syria aims to politicize international cooperation and humanitarian aid to Syria,” said Jokar, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, on Sunday.
The legislator noted that the West has been after disintegrating Syria since the beginning of the crisis in the Arab country, ICANA reported.
Jokar stated that Syrian military achievements against militants in the past 23 months shows that overthrowing the popular government of Syria is impossible and western countries must stop creating scenarios against President Bashar Al-Assad.
On February 3, The Sunday Times quoted unnamed sources as saying Israel is after building a buffer zone which could reach up to 10 miles in the Golan Heights--an area Israel occupied in the 1967 war. The buffer zone in its initial stage will include two Israeli infantry brigades and a tank battalion based at outposts in Syrian territory.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 and tens of thousands of people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus blames western countries and some of their regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of arming the opposition and fueling the crisis in the country, as reports indicate that a large number of insurgents fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.
Several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored insurgents of committing war crimes.
Iran has repeatedly rejected foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, calling for national dialog as the only way out of the country’s prolonged impasse.
BBC Persian: A History Of Lies, Plots
BBC Persian radio was launched on December 29, 1940 as the Public Relations and propaganda arm of the British Foreign Office in Iran. BBC has since remained one of the main media preaching discord and sedition in Iran.
BBC stayed on radio waves in the Middle Eastern country for 50 years before it started its BBC Persian TV broadcasts in 2008.
BBC Persian radio, known in Iran as Radio London, was one of the first foreign-language services of the British state broadcaster and began its work to counter Radio Berlin, which aired Persian broadcasts for Iranians, during the First World War.
The objective was clear: to blacken the name of Germans, who were fighting the Allies (Britain, France and Russia), in Iran to occupy the country and gain access to its strategic resources as well as its railway and road transport during the war, through pretending that the Iranian government is inclined toward London’s enemy, i.e. Germany.
BBC did its part of the plot and Britons and Russians invaded Iran from the South and the North, respectively, occupying the country on the pretext of helping Germany.
BBC hatched a similar plot in the early 1950s after the then Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq nationalized Iranian oil industry, which was formerly dominated by Britain.
Deprived of Iranian oil and outraged by Mosaddeq marginalizing the then Iranian despot Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and in turn the British who were his main backer, the British planned a coup d’état in Iran.
Once more, the broadcaster had a key role to play in the execution of the 1953 coup, dubbed Operation Ajax, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of Mosaddeq and brought back the now-deposed Iranian dictator to power.
In addition to broadcasts that pretended Mosaddeq was linked to communists in Iran, a BBC Radio 4 documentary in 2005 revealed that there is evidence showing a radio newsreader inserted the word ‘exactly’ into a midnight time check one summer night in 1953, that was a code word to the toppled Iranian ruler to go ahead with his coup plan, executed by the CIA at the request of British spy agency MI6.
However, BBC’s damaging role did not stop at helping Allied Forces occupy Iran, nor at helping return a despot to office in the country. It continued to the very present day.
After the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, BBC Persian turned to unprecedentedly distorted news about the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran trying to persuade Iranians that the Islamic Republic was unable to tackle its problems.
The British state broadcaster’s enmity toward Iran once more took forms reminiscent of the 1953 coup in 2009 after the corporation turned to unconfirmed news sources to cover the presidential election in Iran in direct contravention of its own code of ethics.
The corporation had indeed made important preparations before sowing sedition in Iran that year.
The British Foreign Office proposed the creation of BBC Persian TV news channel three years earlier and it was launched less than six months before Iran’s 2009 presidential vote. The channel effectively replaced BBC Persian Radio as London’s propaganda apparatus against Iran.
The channel focused on the presidential election from the very onset and effectively waged a proxy war on Iran on behalf of the British Foreign Office, MI6 and Defense Ministry in the aftermath of the vote, better known as the 2008 sedition in Iran. BBC’s efforts are now well underway, though their impact is under serious doubt, thanks to vigilance in Iran.
BBC Persian is now focused on depicting Iran as miserable and undermine the Islamic system in the country, using what the corporation calls citizen-journalism.
However, Iranian officials say the BBC has swapped journalists with spies, partly via the BBC World Service’s ‘Your Story’ section that trains ordinary citizens, offers them the needed equipments and pays them to prepare ‘reports’ from Iran.
BBC has always claimed objectivity and denied espionage. But evidence on the ground proves differently.
Iranian media announced on September 17, 2011 that several people who where members of a network serving BBC Persian interests in Iran have been arrested. The reports, later confirmed by Iranian Intelligence Ministry, said the detainees produced footage, news and secret reports aimed at blackening the image of Iran for the British channel.
Following the arrests and the hearing into the detainees’ cases, director of the BBC World Service Peter Horrocks claimed earlier this month that Iran is following a security plot against the BBC staff, by which he meant the BBC Persian.
Now a question mark hangs over Horrocks comment, that is exactly who is hatching plots against whom, especially against the colorful background of BBC anti-Iranian conspiracies.
Source: Press TV
Expansion of Ties With India Discussed
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Governor of India’s Maharashtra State K. Shankranarayanan, in a meeting in Mumbai, underlined the need for deepening ties between Iran and India in all fields.
The Indian official described the meeting as positive, adding, “Iran and India have excellent relations in all sectors, and cordial meetings will further boost our relations in all the fields, including education, business and trade.”
Larijani said, for his part, “We discussed political and economic issues with the Indian side,” adding, “Iran and India have deep rooted cultural relations and are now seeking to further expand relations in the various fields including education, economic and trade.”
Larijani left Tehran for New Delhi on Sunday to discuss bilateral ties with Indian officials, especially in the parliamentary area.
Heading a high-ranking parliamentary delegation, Larijani embarked on a four-day visit to India at the invitation of his Indian Lok Sabha (Parliament) Speaker Meira Kumar.
Ahead of his trip, Larijani said Iran and India are determined to promote closer inter-parliamentary cooperation.
He described India as one of the leading players in the region, which has had long-standing parliamentary relations with Iran.
“Today, India is one of the…important economies of the region and the visit by the Iranian parliamentary delegation to the country is aimed at strengthening parliamentary relations,” he added.
Larijani said Iranian delegates will meet and hold talks with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, and Chairman of the Council of States (the upper house of the Indian parliament) Mohammad Hamid Ansari on the expansion of political and trade interactions between Tehran and New Delhi.
He added that Iranian and Indian officials will also discuss regional and international issues of interest such as Afghanistan, the campaign against illicit drug trafficking and war on terrorism.
Bahrain Likely TopicIn Kazakhstan Talks
Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that Iran may raise the issue of Bahrain in the upcoming talks with the world powers.
Speaking to Fars News Agency on Monday, Boroujerdi said unlike the western diplomats of the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) who want to confine talks to nuclear issues, the Iranian team of negotiators intends to discuss significant regional issues, including Bahrain, in their talks with world powers.
“Mr. Jalili (Iran’s chief negotiator) is likely to raise the issue of Bahrain in the talks with the P5+1 in Almaty and discuss the demands of Bahrain’s revolutionaries with the western delegations participating in the talks.”
He said that Iran has a clear stance on Bahrain and if the US wants to respect human rights and democracy, as it claims, it should respect democracy in Bahrain.
A new round of talks between Iran and the six world powers begins in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday and will likely continue for two days.
iFilm Back on Air
Iran’s iFilm Arabic has been uplinked on EutelSat 7 West A (Nilesat) after it was removed under pressure from European satellite provider Eutelsat.