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Thursday, February 10, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Iran Army tightening security along all borders

NICOSIA — The Iranian Army intends to establish command and control facilities along the nation's borders.


Officials said the Army would construct five C2 headquarters along each of Iran's borders. They said the facilities would enhance border control, particularly in the area of counter-insurgency and smuggling.

"Based on the plan, the country's borders have been divided into five regions, each of which will go under the command of an independent headquarters," Iranian Army commander Brig. Gen. Ahmed Pourdastan said.

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In a statement on Jan. 22, the Army said the C2 facilities would be linked to regional forces to enhance border security. Officials cited insurgency infiltration from such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

"We started working on a structural change in the army's Ground Forces so that the Ground Forces can develop a capability to carry out its responsibility independently and self-sufficiently," Pourdastan said.

In 2010, Iran struggled with attacks by Kurdish and Sunni insurgents. The most lethal strikes were said to have taken place by the Al Qaida-aligned Jund Allah in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

"Therefore, under such conditions when the enemy jams signals and contacts are severed, headquarters can still operate independently," Pourdastan said.

In January, Iran announced plans to restructure the Army in an effort to bolster military preparedness. Officials said this has included enhancing border forces.

"The plan for making changes within the Army Ground Forces, aimed at enhancing its preparedness in confronting threats, has been approved by the commander-in-chief [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)," Pourdastan said.

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