IRGC commander: Several terrorist operations defused by Iranian security forces

FNA – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour announced that the country’s security forces have defused several terrorist attacks inside the country and at borders.

Brigadier General Pakpour described the massive turnout of masses of Iranians at nationwide February 11 rallies as a big success for the country, highlighting that the success was garnered at a time that anti-Revolutionary bands and terrorist groups had mustered up all their power to disrupt the security of the country on these special days with terrorist operations which were plotted to be staged at border areas.

The General did not mention any further details about the terrorist plots.

“I am delighted and grateful to God almighty that the stunning celebrations to mark the 40th birthday of the Islamic Revolution were successfully held in all across the country, specially in Northwestern and Southeastern regions, in full peace and serenity and at its most elegant and glorious form,” the commander said.

He thanked the nation, security forces, police staff, and IRGC guards in provinces of Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, and Sistan and Baluchistan for an exemplary level of security.

Huge masses of people from all walks of life converged on streets and squares all over the country to express their support for the cause and ideals of the Islamic Revolution.

Last Sunday, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that the country’s security forces have traced and captured members of an ISIL team of terrorists in the past few days.

“We have identified enemies’ anti-security moves one after another with vigilance and comprehensive control and we traced and captured a 7-strong group affiliated to the ISIL on the night of February,” Alavi told reporters in Tehran on the sidelines of his visit to an exhibition of Iran’s defense achievements.

He added that the team planned terrorist operations in Iran, but was dismantled before making a move.

“We have had enemies’ moves under radar due to our full control and vigilance and extensive monitoring so far, and (hence) nothing special has happened these days,” he said, referring to the Ten-Day (Feb. 1-Feb. 11) Dawn marking the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Yet, the intelligence minister said the nation’s full security specially during the present days that mark the victory of the Islamic Revolution does not at all mean that no antagonistic effort has been aimed at the country. “There have been several other teams of terrorists who have all been identified and captured before staging terrorist operations,” he added.

Last month, Alavi warned that the spy agencies of the US, Israel and some regional states had embarked on harming Iran’s security.

“Today, we are facing such circumstances that the security services of the neighboring states and even the trans-regional countries are directly acting against our country’s security,” Alavi said, addressing the Iranian MPs at the parliament in Tehran.

He added that the Israeli spy agency with the US support and collaboration of different anti-revolutionary forces had hatched plots and were acting against Iran’s security with the help of terrorists who had been equipped with semi-heavy weapons.

Alavi, meantime, said that the Iranian security and intelligence forces had so far identified over 300 terrorist teams and prevented their action by timely measures, adding that the intelligence ministry has foiled 97% to 98% of terrorist plots against Iran so far.