IRGC Commander: Security Prevails at Common Borders with Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Sunday that despite the recent conflicts in a number of Afghan towns bordering Iran, security prevails at common borders.
"With regards to civil wars in Afghanistan, nothing special has happened at the border between Iran and Afghanistan and there is complete security and peace on all the Eastern borders with that country," General Pakpour said while visiting Dowqarun bordering area.
"Following the incidents of the past few days in Afghanistan, it is possible that some miscreants and traffickers will take advantage of this opportunity and enter the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which will undoubtedly be dealt with severely by the Armed Forces stationed on the Eastern borders," he added.
General Pakpour said that all the borders of the country are being monitored, noting, "Any move that is intended to make Iran and the surrounding areas insecure will responded decisively by the Armed Forces."
Iran shares more than 900 kilometers of border with Afghanistan. The provinces of Herat, Farah and Nimroz in Afghanistan are bordered by the provinces of Khorassan Razavi, South Khorassan and Sistan and Balouchestan in Iran.
Over the past weeks, the Taliban have overrun areas in Afghanistan bordering five countries – Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan.
On Friday, the militant group claimed that it had seized control of 85 percent of Afghan territory, a declaration government officials dismissed as part of a propaganda campaign.
The Taliban gains come amid the withdrawal of US-led troops from the country after two decades of war and occupation.