Iranian security forces have thwarted attempts by a number of Pakistani and Afghan nationals to cross Iran’s borders and reach Iraqi soil to join ISIL, says the Iranian interior minister.
Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli made the announcement on Monday, dismissing claims that the terrorist group is recruiting forces in Iran.
“Of course, there have been cases of Afghan and Pakistani nationals trying to cross the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territory [into Iraq],” he said, adding, “We have on several occasions prevented them from entering the country and crossing the borders of Iran, and we have made several arrests in that respect.”
He further stated that Iranian security forces deployed along the country’s western border are watching out for potential threats posed by terrorist groups.
Iranian officials have, on numerous occasions, expressed support for the restoration of stability and security to Iraq while denying sending military forces to the neighboring country. Tehran says Iraq is fully capable of countering ISIL and there is no need for foreign involvement.