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#1 Some points:
1) Shar-e-Rey is a district just outside Tehran. it is a largely urban district, so the target seems more domestic than foreign.
2) The Beit-ul-Moqaddas battalions are part of the Quds Force. Apparently each "battalion" has less than 200 men.
Posted by Frozen Al 2012-09-24 13:34||
#2 Usually it Basij units that are doing urban exercises like this. There are several Basij battalions (about the same size as the units mentioned by Frozen Al) equipped with heavy weapons. The Basij have been brought under more direct control of the IRGC over the past few years.
That the Beit-ul-Moqaddas battalions are part of the Quds Force is interesting; the Quds Force generally is responsible for extra-national activities.
Posted by Pappy 2012-09-24 17:30||