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