Iran arrests Afghan, Pakistani ISIS volunteers

2014-09-08 18:24

Tehran - Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran, a government minister announced on Monday.

"People from Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted to cross Iran but we prevented them passing and we have arrested others," Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said, linking them to ISIS.

The report, carried by the official Irna news agency, did not specify how many arrests had been made or where the detentions occurred.

Iran shares a border with Pakistan and Afghanistan to the east and Iraq to the west.

"Our forces are particularly vigilant in the border areas given that they face threats from terrorist groups," the minister added.

Iran and Iraq, predominantly Shiite states, have strengthened their ties since the fall of the latter's Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in a US-led invasion launched in 2003, and the subsequent occupation.

US troops left Iraq in 2011 but the rapid advance of IS into Iraq from Syria in June forced Washington to send military advisers to Baghdad and co-operation has since expanded to air strikes on militant targets.

Iran has also sent military assistance to Iraq but has denied that it has any troops on the ground.

  • Darren Marcus - 2014-09-08 18:39

    This is not a true reflection on Islam . Yet muslims fly from around the world to go site see in Syria hmmmmmmmm must have amazing hotels there ! Do me a favor

      Darren Marcus - 2014-09-08 18:59

      Semper I didn't want to believe that to be true ! But the more I see what's going on the more I'm finding it hard not to believe it ! Scary times ahead

      Darren Marcus - 2014-09-08 19:18

      Theo that's what scares me the most !! You want to believe that this is just huge bunch of extremists ! But then you see normal wealthy average Jo muslims joining from around the world !! Who to trust and how to stop this is beyond me

  • Sea Weed - 2014-09-08 18:52

    Iran should just execute them. Period

  • Mark Aldridge - 2014-09-08 19:48

    give those Iranians a Bells

  • Shaun O'Meara - 2014-09-08 21:55

    Anyone that believes this is not thinking clearly. Iran is the main weapons supplier and the financial backbone of isis. Just go back five years into what leaders of iran have said and threatened the rest of the world with armageddon. They are a sick nation.

      Muhammed Jakobus Nkosi - 2014-09-09 07:53

      Shaun, you really need a reality check lol... Go bang your head against the wall and see if that works

  • James Uknow - 2014-09-09 11:10

    The leader of ISIS has a doctorate in Islamic studies ,amount of educated british muslims thay share hs view is also scary ,example install Sharia Law , kill all the homosexuals and apostates in Briton and the people will see the beauty of Sharia Law ,this is from British lawyer ,something is really wrong here

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