IRGC Smashes Terror Cells Beyond Borders

IRGC Smashes Terror Cells Beyond BordersIRGC Smashes Terror Cells Beyond Borders

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has busted up to four terrorist groups operating against the Islamic Republic from across the Iranian border, a senior commander said.

Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces' Qods Base Lieutenant General Mohammad Marani said on Monday that the IRGC forces succeeded in disbanding the groups outside the country's borders in the current Iranian year (started March 20), Press TV reported.

"One of these groups was led by Amanollah Raeisi, which was affiliated to Forqan [terrorist group]. This group sought to conduct certain [terrorist] acts along [Iranian] borders, in border cities and deep into the country and had some 150 kg of explosives," he said.

He added that the IRGC and police forces killed four members of the group in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan (late June).

The commander noted that Raeisi and other members of their nine-strong terrorist group were arrested and foiled their mission.

Marani said despite numerous plots against the country and the spread of activities by different groups from across the Iranian borders, the IRGC has scored major successes over the past five months.

  Close Watch

The Iranian commander said Qods Base is vigilantly monitoring border areas and possesses precise intelligence of moves by the spying services of Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, and western states aimed at fomenting insecurity along eastern borders.

The commander said IRGC forces are closely pursuing the issue of security in all areas, such as foreign citizens, smuggling and anti-Islamic Republic and terrorist groups.

On July 23, Lieutenant General Majid Arjomandfar, an IRGC commander, said IRGC forces dismantled two terrorist groups in the northwestern provinces of Kurdestan and West Azarbaijan and killed 23 of their elements in clashes while inflicted heavy damage on their bases near the border line.

"They were among five terror groups in total operating in northwestern Iran with the aim of destabilizing the country," he added.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said in August that it had identified 102 members or supporters of the so-called Tohid and Jihad terrorist groups in the western province of Kurdestan, which neighbors Iraq.

The ministry said the group had planned attacks, including assassination of local officials and armed robbery, in the provincial capital city of Sanandaj over the past years.

Back in July, the ministry said it had foiled a major "takfiri-Wahhabi" plot to carry out bomb attacks in the capital Tehran and other provinces, and arrested suspects.