Commander: Ground Force drills aimed at exercising proxy wars

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that his forces’ Tuesday morning wargames in the Eastern parts of Iran were aimed at increasing preparedness for battling terrorists in proxy wars.

“Our forces showed that they enjoy high capabilities to fight in proxy war battlefields and asymmetric wars,” Pourdastan told reporters after Ground Forces’ massive wargames codenamed ‘Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) 3′ in Eastern Iran today.

He underlined that the Iranian Armed Forces, specially the Ground Force, drills are always staged with the message of peace and friendship for the neighboring states and firm and crushing response to enemies’ possible aggression.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Pourdastan warned that certain reactionary regional countries are attempting to send the ISIL terrorists to Iran’s bordering areas, stressing preparedness of the country’s armed forces to crushingly respond to them.

“The threat of ISIL is not a new and serious threat to us and we have defined a 40-km redline (in the neighboring countries) and warned them not to pass this redline otherwise they will face a crushing response by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces,” Pourdastan told reporters in Tehran.

“Of course, we have reinvigorated our forces at the borders and announced our preparedness to fight against any threats,” he added.

Noting that Iran is informed of ISIL’s presence in Northern Afghanistan, its allegiance to the Taliban and its attempts to come close to the Iranian borders, Pourdastan quoted Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei as saying that “a part of the reactionary regional states are also interested in ISIL’s presence at the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders”.

Also earlier this month, Iranian Border Guards Commander Brigadier General Qassem Rezayee underlined security along the country’s borders, and said that the Takfiri terrorists are unable to pose a threat to Iran.

“The ISIL is not seen as a threat to Iran,” General Rezayee said.

He pointed to the presence of the ISIL in the neighboring countries of Iraq and Syria, and said, “Iran monitors the borders within a range of 100 kilometers and the enemies are well-aware about it.”

Also on October 19, General Rezayee stressed that his forces are fully prepared to counter any possible threat of terrorist groups or drugs-traffickers.

“Iran has 8,755 kilometers common borders with 15 countries and is fully ready to confront insecurity on the borders,” Rezayee said.

He reiterated that no one can threaten Iranians’ solidarity and unity.

Iranian Ground Forces’ wargames were staged after France and Lebanon grieved last week over the deadly bomb attacks and shootings of the ISIL terrorists which killed nearly 200 innocent people.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian condemned the Paris attack, and took the sponsors of terrorism responsible for it, saying that they ignored Tehran’s warnings about the backfiring of their supports for ISIL.

“Certain regional and trans-regional states helped the ISIL to be born. We had warned that those countries which support the ISIL should know that these insecurities would spread to their countries too,” Amir Abdollahian told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

“We cannot say explicitly that which country has played a role in the formation of the ISIL but (we can say that) ignoring those warnings ended in such consequences,” he added.

Also after the Paris attacks, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said his country’s intelligence bodies had alerted not just France, but the US and Iran about imminent terrorist attacks before the Friday night incidents

Jaafari said his country’s intelligence services shared information they had which indicated that France, the United States and Iran were among countries being targeted for attack.

He did not elaborate, but the comments came after 153 people were killed in Paris on Friday by gunmen and suicide bombers in attacks claimed by ISIL.

“Information has been obtained from Iraqi intelligence sources that the countries to be targeted soon, before it occurred, are Europe in general, specifically France, as well as America and Iran,” Jaafari said on the sidelines of talks in Vienna on ending the war in Syria on Saturday.

He said the countries had been informed. A video of his comments was posted on his website.

Though he did not specify the threat was from ISIL militants, who control large areas of Iraq and Syria, Jaafari said recent attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and France required a global response to the jihadist group.

By Fars News Agency