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EYE ON ISRAEL: Iran Ready to Show Off Military Muscle at Internnational Army Games

Contingents of the Iranian army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Islamic Basij militia and police will take part in the International Army Games that kicked off in Russia and Kazakhstan on Saturday.

In an interview with Sputnik, Iranian Air Force Colonel Mehdi Ahmadi Afshar, the commander of the national armored vehicles team, described the Iranian squad as a “strong and high quality” outfit.

“We put together a strong and high quality team of regular army, IRGC, Basij soldiers as well as police officers to compete in Masters of Armed Vehicles, Tank Biathlon, Elbrus Ring, Clear Sky Air Defense and Depth Diving events to be held in various Russian cities. Our sharpshooters will also take part in the Sniper Frontier competitions in Kazakhstan,” he said

Colonel Afshar added that the Iranian team had undergone a six-month crash course honing their skill ahead of the prestigious contest.

He said that there had been a stringent selection of potential participants held in every service branches of the Iranian armed forces.

“This done, we worked at ranges and in classrooms and held a great number of friendly competitions under the watchful eye of professional referees.As for our prospects, well, it’s hard to say. All I can say is that, with God’s help, we will try our very best so that the Iranian people and our leaders are proud of our performance,” he added.

When asked about the importance of participation in the International Army Games, Colonel Afshar said that forums like this were meant to showcase the combat  readiness and might of the participating countries.

“The Iranian team is fully aware


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