Rahmani Fazli

Interior Minister: Security in Iran’s western borders under full control

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli underlined preparedness of the country’s military, security and intelligence forces to thwart any threat or plot hatched by the enemies to destabilize security at borders, particularly across the Western provinces bordering Iraq.

“During my visits to Parviz Khan, Khosravi, and Kermanshah borders, I became sure that Iran-Iraq borders were under full control of our security and intelligence forces,” Rahmani Fazli said.

He noted that Kermanshah Province’s governor generalship has allocated certain budget for maintaining security of the borders in the region.

On Wednesday, Iranian border guards commander said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group – which has caused chaos in Northern and Northwestern Iraq in the last two weeks – has not approached Iran’s borders in the West.

“Security is in place along the Northwestern borders and no aggression has been made by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group,” General Hossein Zolfaqari told his troops in Iran’s Northwestern Province of West Azarbaijan Province.

He said Iran is boosting border checkpoints in the Northwest and Southeastern country as a main agenda and also plans to improve equipment of border units.

ISIL is operating in Northern and Northwestern Iraq near the country’s borders with Turkey and Syria. A few hundred kilometers to their East is the border with Iran’s Western and Northwestern provinces.

His remarks came as senior Iranian Army officials said divisions in the South and Southeast have gone on alert due to the unrests in Iraq.

“We are on the alert in the South and Southeast,” Deputy Chief Liaison of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force troops General Ali Arasteh said addressing a gathering of Ground Force Athletes Wednesday morning.

By Fars News Agency


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