The Corps\u2019 Sepah News outlet reported the deployment on Sunday. It specified the dispatched force as the Ground Force\u2019s Emam-e Zaman Mechanized Brigade comprising tanks and other military equipment. The location of the deployment was identified as the areas running alongside the border in the Khoda Afarin and Jolfa Counties. The precaution has been taken towards \u201cpreservation of the northwestern borders\u2019 security,\u201d according to the report. An IRGC member said the brigade has been tasked with \u201cdefending the country\u2019s territorial integrity\u201d and the people residing in those areas. Since September 27, Armenian separatists in Azerbaijan\u2019s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh have been engaged in intense clashes against Azeri forces. The clashes have so far killed more than 1,000, including civilians, most of whom belong to the Azeri side. The flare-up has been the worst violence to break out between the two sides since 1992, when the separatists invaded the region, forcing the Azeri side into a retreat. Two rounds of truce talks have so far failed to calm the situation that took a turn for the worse earlier on Sunday. A number of stray shells and projectiles have crossed the Iranian border, prompting stern warnings from Tehran. Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami put the warring sides on notice early this month, saying Tehran would respond beyond only warnings if the security of Iran\u2019s border regions were endangered. Speaking in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, however, reassured Iran that his country had completely \u201ccleaned\u201d the border area. \u201cThere will be no more inconvenience for our brothers across river of Araz (Aras) in Iran,\u201d he added. IRGC Ground Force Commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, also visited the border area on Saturday. He said even though some of the projectiles had landed on the Iranian soil during the firefight, \u201csecurity prevails over borders, and no danger threatens the country.\u201d The Islamic Republic has strongly advised both Azerbaijan and Armenia to refrain from seeking any military solution to the conflict and resume negotiations. Tehran has also offered to provide diplomatic intervention if\u00a0a request was ever made.