The deputy commander of Iran's Air Defense Force has assured the Iranian people that the country’s eastern borders with Afghanistan are safe and secure amid Taliban’s rapid takeover of the war-ravaged country.
Brigadier General Alireza Elhami made the remarks on Monday while explaining about the latest situation of security along Iran’s eastern borders, saying, “If [Iranian] people have concerns about possible insecurity along eastern borders ... [I assure them that] due to preparedness of [the Iranian] Armed Forces, there is no problem and no ground for any concerns” in this regard.
“I tell my compatriots that there is no ground for concerns about security of the country’s borders, because the powerful Armed Forces of the Islamic Iran, especially the Air Defense Force ... are monitoring areas many kilometers beyond our territorial borders.”
He emphasized that the Iranian Army's Air Defense Force is focusing its efforts on protecting security of the country's airspace and has used its full scientific deterrent power in this regard.
"My colleagues in the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran…are aware of the importance of fully safeguarding security of the Islamic Iran's airspace and are monitoring borders with full preparedness," Elhami said.
The Taliban took over the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday and declared that the war in Afghanistan was over. The militants entered the presidential palace after former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country, saying he wanted to “prevent a flood of bloodshed.”
The unfolding events have led to chaos and confusion, with thousands of Afghan civilians and diplomats swarming Kabul airport to take evacuation flights.
The US-led invasion of Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power 20 years ago, but it worsened the security situation in the country.
The militants intensified their offensive and rapidly overran major cities after US President Joe Biden ordered a hasty withdrawal of American forces by September 1.
"No aircraft can enter Iran airspace without our permission"
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian commander said no aircraft can enter the country's airspace under any circumstances "without our control and permission."
He emphasized that the Iranian Army's Air Defense Force, helped by other operational units in the Armed Forces, has established the necessary deterrence capacity to defend the country's skies.