Iran's security constitutes red line for Armed Forces: Top commander
Iran Press TV
Thu Oct 11, 2018 09:58AM
Iran's top military commander says the nation's security constitutes a "red line" for the armed forces, warning "counter-revolutionary grouplets" against any attempt to destabilize the Islamic Republic.
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remark during a visit to border outposts in the western Kermanshah Province on Wednesday.
"As it has been repeatedly said, the Iranian nation's security is a red line for the armed forces," he said, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic will not sit idly by in the face of security threats.
The senior general also issued a stern warning to the "counter-revolutionary grouplets, which are active in such areas…and have the support of the Iranian nation's ill-wishers" against any attempt to infiltrate into the country.
"Bases of counter-revolutionary [forces] and ill-wishers of the Iranian nation must not exit near our borders in neighboring states," said Baqeri, stressing that the central Iraqi government and the Arab country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are duty-bound to keep such groups under control.
Over the past years, Iranian security forces and border guards have engaged in clashes with terror groups, many of whom cross the country's borders with Pakistan and Iraq to carry out attacks.
In September, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRCG) fired seven missiles at a gathering of terrorist commanders in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, whose affiliates had sought to create insecurity and carry out acts of sabotage in the Iranian provinces of West Azarbaijan, Kordestan and Kermanshah.
In early October, the IRGC rained surface-to surface ballistic missiles from Kermanshah on the strongholds of Daesh Takfiri terror group in eastern Syria.
Daesh, which along with the al-Ahwazia separatist militant outfit, claimed a deadly terror attack targeting an Iranian military parade in the southern province of Ahvaz on September 22.
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