Iran Arrests ISIL-Linked Cell ahead of Putin Visit
Iranian security forces have arrested members of a Takfiri cell linked with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group near the country’s western borders with Iraq, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said Sunday.
Quoted by the ISNA news agency, General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iranian security forces were monitoring attempts by militants to “create insecurity” in Iran.
“ISIL has multi-layered support networks. One such network was identified in Kermanshah province (in western Iran) and its members were arrested,” Jafari told reporters.Mohamamd Ali Jaafari
He provided no details on how many people were arrested or when the arrests took place.
“The rest of the groups are also on our intelligence radar and they will be dealt with as necessary,” Jafari said.
Jafari said the chances were small of Takfiris being able to carry out major attacks in Iran like those that left 130 dead in Paris earlier this month.
“With our security precautions, it is unlikely that Daesh could perform large actions in Iran,” he said, using an Arabic name for ISIL.
“Of course, they might carry out small actions, but they cannot create insecurity in Iran as they do in other countries.”
Asked about Russia’s launching of air strikes in Syria in late September, Jafari said “Russia was the first regional power that realized the threat” from ISIL.
“They understood this danger quicker than the Westerners,” he said. “Of course, every country that feels the danger of this threat… can join this fight and a union is forming among countries faced with the danger” of ISIL.
His remarks came on the eve of a visit to Tehran by Russian President Vladimir Putin that is expected to be dominated by discussion of Syria and efforts against ISIL.