“In addition to the air and sea, we have been able to gain good intelligence superiority over the moves of ISIL affiliates in Iraq’s Diyala province and recently, in 3 provinces of Afghanistan,” Pourdastan said on Saturday.
He underscored the Iranian Armed Forces’ preparedness to give a decisive response to any threats, and said, “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has developed such a power that it makes those who threaten it regret their deeds.”
In relevant remarks earlier this month, General Pourdastan said that Iran has warned the ISIL terrorists not to approach areas 40km away from the Iranian borders, adding that the Iranian Armed Forces’ strategy is annihilation of terrorists before they approach the bordering regions.
“The Ground Forces are deployed at the country’s western borders and monitor the situation,” he said.
Also, in June, Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi warned that the country’s Armed Forces will give an unforgivable lesson to the ISIL terrorists and their supporters.
“The ISIL is like a wild dog and we will not only annihilate them easily but also give a response to their masters too,” General Salehi said after visiting the country’s Western borders.
Stressing that no danger threatens Iran’s Western borders, he said, “We are not present here merely for defense but we are stationed here for hunting (the terrorists) too.”