Martyrdom of border guards makes Iran more determined to counter terrorism

IRNA – An Iranian religious official said martyrdom of eight Iranian border guards cannot undermine ‘our determination’ to fight the sinister phenomenon of terrorism.

Instead, it ‘makes Iran more determined to proudly continue’ countering terrorism, an official in charge of religious affairs at Iran Border Guards Command Mohammad-Baqer Rouhanifar told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Friday.

Visiting Chazzabeh border crossing in southwest of Iran, Rouhanifar said that the terrorists who martyred eight Iranian border guards ‘will be avenged.’

Eight Iranian border guards were killed in an armed clash with terrorists in Chaldoran border point in West Azarbaijan Province, northwestern Iran, on Friday evening.

Talking of the facilities provided for the pilgrims to enter Iraq for Arbaeen Day, the border official said the Arbaeen pilgrims are planned to cross through three southwestern borders of Mehran, Chazzabeh and Shalamcheh.

He added that the neighboring country of Iraq has close cooperation with Iran in entering and exiting the pilgrims via the three border crossings.

According to the latest report, 556,000 pilgrims have entered Iraq through Shalamcheh and Chazzabeh borders in the past 11 days.

Iran’s Arbaeen Headquarters announced that over two million visas have been issued for the Iranian pilgrims to visit Iraq for Arbaeen this year.

The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of Shiite Muslims.

Each year, pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located. This year, Arbaeen falls on Nov 9.