“If the terrorist group (Islamic State) comes near our borders, we will attack deep into Iraqi territory and we will not allow it to approach our border,” Gen. Pourdastan said. (IRNA, 27 September)
The Iranian areas bordering Diyala have majority Sunni population; and the Islamic State’s advances have so far been directed at Sunni dominated areas in Iraq and Syria. hence the concern in Tehran; the militants could potentially pose a threat against the Iranian Sunni provinces.
File photo: Islamic State militants in Diyala province. (Al Alam)