Iran increases Iraq, Afghanistan border security against Daesh threats

Published November 16th, 2015 - 12:59 GMT
Iranian soldiers. (AFP/File)
Iranian soldiers. (AFP/File)

AFP reports that Iran will "take decisive action" if Daesh militants come within 40km of the Iranian border with Afghanistan or Iraq, after recent threats by Daesh.

General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the head of Iran's ground forces, said the increase in border security came after Iraq's foreign minister warned the international community that Iran is among the countries Daesh intends to attack next. After that Paris attacks that killed 129 people on Friday, perpetrated by Daesh, Iran is on high alert.

"The Iraqi foreign ministry warned us but the Islamic Republic of Iran's army states that it has no fear of such threats and a red line has been drawn in Iraq 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border," Pourdastan said to AFP.

"We have strongly warned that if any action is taken (by Daesh), it will face a decisive response from Iranian armed forces and we will do the same in Afghanistan," Pourdastan continued.

Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Daesh claims to be Sunni Muslims - and claim that Shia Muslims are apostates who must be killed. (The Council of Senior Scholars, Saudi Arabia's highest Sunni religious body, denounces Daesh and their teachings as 'contrary to the teachings of Islam.')

The increase in cross-border security comes weeks before the annual Shia pilgrimage walk, Arbaeen, in Iraq.

Close to a million Iranians are registered to attend the 70-kilometer walk in Iraq on December 2, marking the death of Imam Hussein.

The pilgrimage was outlawed by Saddam Hussein, but returned in 2003. It has been the site of militant attacks in previous years.

"Before the enemy reaches borders, its actions will be neutralized," Pourdastan said.

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