Iran admits its citizens joined IS
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 1
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Commander of Iranian Army ground force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan confirmed that some Iranian citizens have joined the "Islamic State" (IS, aka ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.
The group has attracted some members from Iran’s western cities of Naftshahr and Qasre-Shirin, Pourdastan said, ISNA news agency reported Aug. 1.
He referred to the group as a “potential threat” for the country.
The IS terrorist group employed some people in Naftshahr and Qasre-Shirin cities as well as western regions of the country and was doing certain operations in these regions, he said, adding two Iranians who joined the group, were killed in the armed conflicts last March.
He further said that presence of Iranian armed forces repelled the plans of the terrorist group.
Over the past months, there have been numerous reports in which Iranian officials have announced the capture or destruction of terrorist groups trying to commit terror attacks in the country.
Terrorists usually venture into Iran through borders with Pakistan in the east and Iraq in the west.