“All of the Armed Forces enjoy great military power and combative competence for countering threats,” Gen. Poutdastan said in a ceremony in western city of Doroud. (Nasim, 3 September)
The Armed Forces carefully monitor all moves along the borders and appropriate strategies are devised to counter all possible threats, Pourdastan added.
There were no explanations of why the commander of the Artesh ground forces, responsible to defend territories along the borders, should make such statement at this time and if the Artesh has gone into heightened state of preparedness.
In June 2014, the Artesh ground forces deployed five brigades, including armor and artillery units, into the Iraqi territory to stop the advance of the Islamic State (ISIL) forces from approaching western borders of Iran. Gen. Pourdastan recalled that episode during a parliamentary testimony in March. Now he probably could have seen indications to be “fully” prepared.
Photo credit: Commander of the Ground Force of the Iranian Army (Artesh) Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan (Nasim News Agency)