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IRGC Says It Has Dismantled 'Terrorist Cell'

IRGC commanders; Mohammad Pakpour and Mohammad Taghi Osanlou in an operation in northwest of Iran, undated. File photo

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has announced that it has dismantled a “terrorist group” in Chalderan region in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.

IRGC says that its ground forces launched the operation after receiving information on Wednesday that a terrorist team of four had infiltrated the Chalderan region of the province and killed two residents.

“The IRGC forces hunted down the terrorists and killed them in a shootout. The forces also retrieved weapons, ammunition, and communication equipment from the terrorist” semi-official news agency Mehr, MNA reported.

Meanwhile, a news agency run by IRGC, Tasnim maintained, “There has been a surge in the number of the counter-terrorism operations the IRGC has launched in recent months.

The IRGC is tasked with protecting the country’s northwestern and southeastern borders”.

IRGC’s statement has vaguely attributed the group to “Global Arrogance”, a term that the Islamic Republic’s officials use to describe the U.S.

In August, the IRGC claimed to have dismantled another terror group in West Azerbaijan province that had sought to enter Iran with the purpose of conducting acts of sabotage and terror.

Chalderan has recently been the scene of bloody clashes with groups that are usually described by the Islamic republic’s officials as terrorists financed by foreign countries.

On June 27, Islamic Republic’s English Channel Press TV reported, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had disbanded a terrorist group in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.

Reporting on Friday, the IRGC’s Sepah News outlet said its forces had engaged the terrorists earlier in the day.

Three terrorists were killed in the operation and one was arrested. Some weapons and ammunition were also confiscated, Press TV claimed.

However, at the same time, Iran Democratic Kurdistan Party affirmed that its “Peshmerga”s had struck a lethal blow on the IRGC forces.

The two claims can be related.

From time to time, the Islamic Republic’s official media have reports on dismantling “terrorist groups” in Iran, without specific information.

Meanwhile, since June 7, when IS affiliated armed men attacked the parliament and Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran, the number of reports on deadly clashes with “terrorist groups” have significantly increased in the media.