IRGC busts terror cells, kills 23 in northwest Iran

July 24, 2016 2:30 pm

Forces of ’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ©AFP

Forces of Iran’s Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have dismantled two terrorist groups in
the country’s northwest, killing nearly two dozen of their elements in
clashes.

Brigadier General Majid Arjmandfar, an IRGC
commander, said on Saturday that the two terror cells were successfully
busted in the provinces of Kordestan and West Azerbaijan.
They were among five terror groups in total operating in northwestern Iran with the aim of destabilizing the country, he added.
The
Iranian troops also engaged the remaining terror groups, inflicting
losses on them and forcing their elements to flee the scene, Arjmandfar
noted.
He said IRGC forces killed 23 of the in the clashes and inflicted heavy damage on their bases near the border line.
The
counterterrorism operations are underway in the northwestern parts of
the country, said the commander, adding that “since last year, Saudi and
US intelligence networks have launched a unified agenda to create
insecurity in Iran.”
The two countries had ties with “old
terrorist groups and PJAK,” an offshoot of Kurdistan Workers’ Party
(PKK), pledging to equip and finance the terrorists in meetings held by
their missions in Germany and the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan
region, Arjmandfar further said.
“No matter where these terrorist
groups are present to create insecurity, we will nip their terrorist
operation and plots in the bud, if we wish,” he said.
Iranian
forces have recently engaged in clashes with terror groups, thwarting
their terrorist activities on the frontier and within the country,
arresting several of them and confiscating large amounts of explosives
and bomb-making materials.
On Saturday, Mohsen Rezaei, the
secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, accused the Saudi diplomatic
mission in Iraq’s northwest of assisting the notorious Komala terror
group in sending militants to Iran.
“In an attempt to interfere in
the affairs of Iran and Iraq, the Saudi consulate in Iraq’s northwest
helps the Komala terror group dispatch terrorists to Iran,” he said,
noting that the plots have all failed due to the “vigilance” of Iranian
forces.
“The Saudis are the most evil administration on earth and throw the region into turmoil by their insanity,” he further stated.
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