'Iran fully watchful of terrorists'

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the Islamic Republic is immune to all terror threats, praising the watchfulness of the Iranian intelligence apparatuses. “People be assured that they [terrorists] cannot do any harm to the security of the country,” IRNA quoted the minister as saying in Iran's western province of Kermanshah late on Wednesday.

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Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the Islamic Republic is immune to all terror threats, praising the watchfulness of the Iranian intelligence apparatuses. “People be assured that they [terrorists] cannot do any harm to the security of the country,” IRNA quoted the minister as saying in Iran's western province of Kermanshah late on Wednesday.

He said strict security precautions in place in border areas had left no room for concern about potential hazards to internal security across the country.

“There are terrorist groups, but, thanks to the strong intelligence service, they have been stripped of the chance for widespread and destructive operation,” Moslehi noted.

The official said the border presence of the Iranian Armed Forces and their close cooperation with the Intelligence Ministry had resulted in optimum security at the borders, especially in the west of the country.

Iran's western border province of Kermanshah has been the target of repeated infiltration attempts and attacks by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorists, who operate from neighboring Iraq.

MKO members fled to Iraq in 1986 and settled in Camp Ashraf military base, which they setup in the country's northeastern Diyala Province, using the support of the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The group has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials. The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.

PJAK is an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which fights Ankara for an independent state in southeastern Turkey. The former group engages in regular armed clashes with Iranian security forces along Iran's western borders with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed 5,000 military forces along the country's common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan earlier in the year and launched major operations against PJAK to establish security and stability in the area.


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