Some military drills undisclosed to public, says cmdr. Pourdastan

TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) – The Head of Iranian Army's Strategic Studies Center Brigadier General Pourdastan said that some military drills of Iranian armed forces are held in the dark while some others are done publicly to send caution to enemies.

“We have a series of wargames which are held secretly as the one held last month and was recently announced; a collection of tactics and techniques are practiced during these drills which helps us better understand different threats and better implement what has been learned in military schools,” Pourdastan told Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

“Sometimes the enemy should become aware of your capabilities, this is good,” he said, adding that “Sometimes, we should send some alarms to enemies.”

He went on to say that after the United States entered the Middle East region following Sep. 11 attacks, different Iranian armed forces including IRGC, Army’s Ground Force and Navy held separate military drills in the country to “give alarms to Americans”.

These warnings weakened the determination of Americans for any aggression against Iran, creating a great deterrence, he added.

“Targeting the US drone was also a strong alarm” to American officials who purportedly had some plans on the table waiting to be carried out, Pourdastan said, adding that downing the drone in an altitude of 62,000 feet with a home-made missile made Americans think twice about Iran’s defense capabilities.

“We call these alarms ‘active resistance’,” he added.

“This active resistance is in place in many areas; both in domestic issues and in issues which relate to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategic depth such as Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq,” added the commander.

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