Maintaining the “spirit of Jihad and defense.” Wait a minute: doesn’t CAIR et al say that jihad is just for defense? And it’s funny how they need all this equipment for an inner spiritual struggle aimed at bettering their souls.
From AFP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) kicked off major exercises Sunday aimed at testing out new equipment and maintaining its “spirit of Jihad and defence”, state television reported.
The head of the IRGC, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said the “Great Manoeuvre of Ashura” would involve 12 divisions from what he described as the “biggest deterrent power in the region”.
He said the exercises across northwestern Iran were aimed at “testing and appraising new and advanced equipment and maintaining the spirit of jihad and defence among our forces” as well as testing “modern tactics”.
“No place in Islamic Iran is outside the defence, security and supervisory domain of the Revolutionary Guards’ defensive operations,” the general was quoted as saying.
He said the manoeuvres would also try out “surface to surface missiles with different ranges, air defence systems with various surface to air missiles, fighter-bombers”, and “for the first time in Iran, the transfer of T-72 tanks on gigantic planes”.