A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says the IRGC forces have attacked and smashed four bases belonging to counterrevolutionary groups in northern Iraq.
“Counterrevolutionary groups have been organized by intelligence services of hostile and foreign countries and even some Arab states in northern Iraq" to be used "in line with [achieving] their goals and creating obstacles in the way of the Islamic Republic,” the deputy commander of the IRGC Ground Forces' Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base in northwestern Iran, Brigadier General Majid Arjmandfar, told reporters on Monday.
He added that the counterrevolutionary groups have been deployed in a short distance from the Iranian borders and “necessary warnings were given to the Iraqi government, officials and those in charge in the northern parts of the neighboring country in this regard.”
"We had said and warned that if we witness the slightest mistake from these hostile groups, they will receive a harsh response, which led to the destruction of the four bases of these counterrevolutionary groups," the IRGC commander pointed out.
He said Iran has announced its position that it regards any place that these counterrevolutionary groups are stationed as enemy’s territory, adding, “It is our duty to carry out operations against them. We have proved this in the recent attack and we targeted all positions, command centers and the ammunition dumps they had."
Earlier this month, the commander of the IRGC Ground Forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, warned Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) against allowing terrorist groups to use its territory to pose threats against the security of the Islamic Republic.
Pakpour made the remarks in reaction to recent moves by anti-Iran armed terrorists in the northwestern border areas of the country.
Noting that armed terrorist groups use Iraq’s northern territory as a base to sow insecurity in Iran’s border regions, the IRGC commander said, “Continuation of this situation is not tolerable for us and we will give the necessary response to terrorists.”