Turkey Boosts Security on Iranian Border Over Situation in Afghanistan
16:59 GMT 26.07.2021 (Updated: 17:01 GMT 26.07.2021)
© AP Photo / Vahid SalemiIn this Tuesday, July 19, 2011 file photo, a group of Iranian border guards march at the eastern border of Iran shared with Pakistan and Afghanistan near Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran.
© AP Photo / Vahid Salemi
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday that security has been strengthened on the border with Iran due to a new wave of chaos in Afghanistan.
Earlier in the day, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record 5,183 in the first half of the year, with a particularly sharp rise recorded in May amid the withdrawal of foreign troops.
"Due to possible developments on the Iranian border, additional measures have been taken ... We continue to work on this [security issue] in coordination with the relevant ministries, especially with the Ministry of Internal Affairs," Akar said.
Reconnaissance drones have been deployed to the area, the minister added.
Turkey is a transit hub for Afghan and Pakistani migrants, who illegally cross into the country from Iran to seek further refuge in Europe.