Iranian forces have tightened security along the country's borders in recent months, killing some 120 insurgents and arresting many others.
Border police commander, Ebrahim Karimi, said Wednesday that security clampdowns along the country's border has claimed the lives of 120 rebels and 19 police members in less than a year.
"The past nine months saw an increase in efforts against rebels who threaten national security by engaging in arms dealing and drug trafficking," said the Iranian colonel.
The Islamic Republic has taken new security measures in its border provinces, following terrorist attacks on its eastern and Western borders.
On its eastern borders, the Pakistan-based Jundullah terrorist organization is responsible for orchestrating cross-border attacks on Iranian officials. The terrorists kidnap the officials and 'execute' them on camera.
Last June Jundullah terrorists abducted 16 Iranian police officers at a checkpoint in the southeastern city of Saravan in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province. The hostages were reportedly taken to Pakistan where they faced execution in early December.
To the East, meanwhile, Iran faces security threats from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Funded by the US and Israel, PJAK carries out acts of sabotage against the Iranian government in a bid to establish an independent Kurdish state.
At least five Iranian security officials were killed by PJAK militants in the month of October, prompting border authorities to tighten securities on the borderline.
The Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which identifies itself as a Marxist-Islamist guerilla army, is also another anti-Iran terrorist group, which is notorious for plotting a regime change as well as a slew of assassinations inside the Islamic Republic.
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