IRGC conducts anti-terrorist operation in Northern Iraq
The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps carried out an anti-terrorist operation in Iraqi Kurdistan following the nationwide demonstrations that took place in Iran.
The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) announced it conducted on Saturday an anti-terrorist operation in the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region in light of terrorists causing unrest and riots in cities along the Western Iranian borders.
The IRGC Ground Force conducted its operation against the Komala and Kurdistan Democratic Party terrorist groups after the groups illegally sent armed individuals to Iranian cities over the past few days.
"The Iranian forces have shown decisive response to recent days' aggression by the anti-revolution terrorist groups against borderlines and a number of border bases," the IRGC said in a statement on Saturday.
"These terrorists - who are backed by the forces of global arrogance and are based in the Iraqi northern region - were forces to flee the country after sustaining heavy casualties," the statement added.
The Iranian forces said that Tehran had several times on various occasions warned the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan region about terrorist groups and their activities in the northern region. However, according to the IRGC, the local authorities failed to take proper measures to curb terrorist activity.
The operation carried out by Tehran's forces was part of efforts to ensure "durable security" along the Iraqi-Iranian borders and "punish criminal terrorists", the IRGC clarified.
Additionally, the IRGC revealed that they would continue the operation until the Iraqi Kurdistan region authorities act upon their responsibilities and enact international regulations as well as their legal duties.
Ahead of the operation, Tehran issues a warning calling on civilians and locals in northern Iraq to steer clear of terrorist groups' bases.
The border guards of the East Azerbaijan province announced Friday the arrest of a terrorist cell, including two elements who were planning to carry out sabotage operations inside the country, and in possession of a quantity of weapons and ammunition.
A few days ago, the Iranian police published CCTV footage documenting the last moments of Mahsa Amini at the police station. The Tehran police said the footage proved that the 22-year-old was not subjected to any violence or physical abuse.
Iranians rallied in support of the Islamic Republic, opposing chaos that has been spiraling under the pretense of solidarity with Mahsa Amini's family following her death.
In response to the death of the Iranian girl, Mahsa Amini, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called her family on Thursday and confirmed that he had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
"Your daughter is like my own daughter, and I feel that this incident happened to one of my loved ones. Please accept my condolences," Raisi told Amini's family.
The Iranian Armed Forces offered, "condolences on the death of the late Mahsa Amini", but at the same time warned "anti-revolutionary organizations", stressing that they "will not allow for the violation of security in the country, and will firmly confront anyone who destabilizes."
The father of the young woman, Amjad Amini, said that her family "have not yet been informed of the results of forensic tests on the causes of their daughter's death".
Amini stressed that "the rallies and demonstrations held in a number of Iranian provinces after Mahsa's death have nothing to do with her family," and, "were not for our sake," noting that he and the rest of Mahsa's family are, "dissatisfied with these matters," and that "the family's only desire is to deal with the ones directly responsible for their daughter's death and punish them."