On February 3rd, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said they had freed the 2 remaining Iranian border guards who had been kidnapped at a border post and taken into Pakistan back in 2018.
The Quds Base of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Force announced in a statement that its constant efforts and intelligence activities resulted in the release of the two border guards from Pakistan.
“A successful operation was carried out last Tuesday night to rescue two kidnapped border guards who were taken as hostages by Jaish ul-Adl organization two and a half years ago,” the IRGC said in a statement.
According to the statement, the soldiers were successfully transferred back to Iran.
Back in October 2018, 14 Iranian guards, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, were kidnapped by the Pakistan-based Iranian Sunni extremist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), at the Mirjaveh border point in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, who were later transferred to Pakistan.
Following the kidnapping incident, military officials formed a joint committee between Tehran and Islamabad to free the IRGC guards. While five of them were already released on November 15, 2018, another four Iranian soldiers were rescued by the Pakistani army on March 21, 2019.
BIG: Iran conducts surgical strike style operation inside Pakistan to free two Iranian soldiers who were captured by terror group Jaish Ul Adl for last more than two years. Kulbhushan Jadhav was also abducted by the same terror group and handed over to Pakistani secret agencies. pic.twitter.com/RhoamOcQF2
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Jaish ul-Adl, or Jaish al-Adl, is a Salafi jihadist militant organization that has been classified as a terrorist organization by Iran. This group has continuously been waging an armed struggle against the Iranian government under the pretense of a necessary act for the right of Baloch Sunnis in Iran.
Jaish ul-Adl operates from bases in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan and neighboring Pakistan, where it gets support from ethnic Baluch tribes.
It was founded in 2012 by Salahuddin Farooqui, a militant known for his opposition to Iran’s support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war.
Since then, it has claimed responsibility for dozens of deadly bombings, ambushes and other attacks on Iranian security forces in the restive region, as well as abductions.
Iran considers the organization — which it calls Jaish al-Zolm (Army of Injustice in Arabic) — a terrorist group supported by the United States and Israel as well as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Back in February 2020, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Mohammad Pakpour said that Saudi Arabia supports the organization and that is why it was so well-armed.
This shows that the terrorists enjoy the “all-out backing of the U.S., Saudi Arabia and their regional allies,” Pakpour said, according to Press TV.
The general added that the IRGC Ground Force had dealt a “heavy blow” to the terrorists despite the Saudi support.
Over the past years, Iranian security forces and border guards have engaged in several clashes with the organization, many of whom tried to enter the country from Pakistan and Iraq to carry out attacks.
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