0326 GMT July 23, 2018
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Ashtari pointed to recent attacks against Iranian border guards in various parts of the country and said the activities of anti-revolutionary agents and terrorist groups have surged due to the support they receive from some countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Of course, the border guards are powerfully defending the borders and standing against these attacks and activities,” the commander stressed.
He added that some of these terrorist attacks have led to the martyrdom of a number of the country’s border guards.
In recent years, the Middle East has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh, which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.
However, Iran is considered by many experts as the “island of stability” in a region which faces many security challenges.
On Sunday, armed assailants killed an Iranian border guard in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.
During an exchange of fire in the border region of Piranshahr in the early hours of Sunday, armed outlaws killed a border soldier.
Two attackers were also killed in the incident, which occurred at Tamarchin border post.
The assault came three weeks after another attack on a border post in the same province, during which two Iranian police forces were martyred.
Security posts in West Azarbaijan Province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, have frequently come under cross-border attacks in recent months.