Borders secure, Armed Forces ensuring safety of Arbaeen pilgrims: Commander

Tasnim – A ranking Iranian Army commander assured the pilgrims visiting Iraq for Arbaeen that the Iranian Armed Forces have provided full security along the common border and at border crossings.

During a visit to the ‘Shalamcheh’ border crossing in southwest Iran, Deputy Chief of Iran’ s Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said full security prevails along the country’s borders, stressing that there is no need for concern.

“The Armed Forces are ready to ensure security on all Iranian borders for smooth and trouble-free travels by pilgrims,” he added.

Pointing to the stepped up aerial and ground patrol missions at the border during Arbaeen, Sayyari said the number of pilgrims crossing Iran-Iraq border is increasing gradually, as already expected.

Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Each year, a huge crowd of people flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein is located, to perform mourning rites.

Last week, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari said the Army Ground Force would fly drones, balloons and quadcopters for protecting the security of pilgrims in this year’s Arbaeen season.