Three people intending to join IS detained at Iranian border
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.5
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Three people have been detained in the West Azerbaijan province in north-west of Iran while crossing the border, Iranian Border Guards commander Brigadier General Qassem Rezaei said.
He said they were intending to enter Iraq's territory and join the 'Islamic State' terrorist organization, Iran's Fars News agency reported.
Rezaei didn't specify the names and citizenship of the detained people and the country from which they have arrived.
He said explosives were found on the detainees and seized during the inspection.
The 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013.
The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
Edited by SI
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