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IRGC says bolstering forces in northwest Iran to deal firmly with terrorists

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is bolstering its forces in Iran’s northwestern region to combat separatist groups and firmly confront terrorist outfits in the restive area.

The Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base of the IRGC Ground Force said in a statement published by Iran’s Tasnim news agency on Sunday that the IRGC was bolstering its forces in the country’s northwest to deal with movements of separatist terrorist groups in the region.

“Following the movements of villains and anti-Iran separatist terrorist groups in the northwest of the country, and the creation of villainy and insecurity in some areas, the Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base of the IRGC Ground Force, by strengthening its own forces within the scope of the mission’s geography and taking advantage of the cooperation of the valiant local people, embarks on resolutely confronting insecurity factors in the region,” the statement said.

“While emphasizing that we consider the security of the region and the honorable and valiant people of the border provinces of the northwest as our red line, we strongly warn the armed villains and mercenary terrorists of the global arrogance that in case they press ahead with their villainy and create insecurity and disturbance for the people, the combatants of Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base and other security forces will put decisive action against them on the agenda,” it added.

The statement stressed that the enemies of the Iranian nation have experienced many times that the brave forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, alongside the valiant people of the region, have neutralized the plots of mercenary groups of global arrogance and protected lasting security and stability.

The IRGC announced on Friday that the forces had arrested all members of a terrorist team in West Azarbaijan Province for trying to smuggle weapons and ammunition into the country to be used in nationwide riots and destabilize Iranian cities.

The members of the terrorist team, who were directed by terrorist groups from across the border and some anti-revolutionary elements living in Western countries, were arrested before they could commit any terrorist act.

Last month, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps dismantled an arms trafficking gang in the same province with links to anti-Iran terrorist groups and foreign spy agencies, foiling their plot to stoke unrest in the country.

Foreign-backed riots have hit several Iranian provinces since 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died in hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed in a police station. An investigation has attributed Amini’s death to her medical condition, dismissing allegations that she was beaten by police forces.

The violent riots have claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing terrorist attacks in the country. In the last two months, the terrorists have set fire to public property and tortured a number of Basij members and security forces to death.

On October 26, a Daesh-affiliated terrorist attacked the Shah Cheragh shrine in the southern province of Fars before the evening prayers, killing at least 15 pilgrims — including a woman and two children — and injuring 40 others.

On Wednesday, at least seven people were killed after terrorists opened fire at people and security forces at a crowded market in Izeh in the southwestern province of Khuzestan around sunset. A nine-year-old child, a 45-year-old woman, and three youths were among the martyrs. At least 10 other people were also wounded, four of whom are in critical condition.

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