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New stage of 'Blow of Zolfaqar' maneuvers start in southern Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Prov, Aug 26, IRNA
Another stage of the ongoing 'Blow of Zolfaqar' wargames began Friday evening involving units of the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman in southern Iran.

Codenamed `Aba Abellah al-Hussein,' the maneuvers are being carried out on a 250,000-sq-meter area in five phases, the wargames' spokesman Admiral Habib Sayyari told IRNA on Saturday.

Zolfaqar, which means `Sword of Imam Ali (AS)', the first Imam of the Household of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), is a symbol of power and courage for Shi'ite Muslims.

The spokesman added that various units of the Navy including surface and undersurface units, warships and rocket launchers are participating in this stage of the wargames.

The first three stages of the massive `Blow of Zolfaqar' wargames were held last Saturday in southeastern Iran. Other stages are set to take place in the southwestern and western provinces of the country.

The wargames are aimed at ensuring the army's preparedness and defense capabilities as well as testing newly produced weapons.


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