Iran carries out new strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan

As protests against the regime continue in Iran, the Islamic Republic continues to accuse the Kurds of stoking the uprising. Iran targeted on the night of Sunday November 20 to Monday November 21 Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan, a week after similar strikes, announced these groups and local officials.

“The Revolutionary Guards [les forces iraniennes] bombed Iranian Kurdish parties again”announced the counter-terrorism services of Iraqi Kurdistan, without mentioning the toll for these strikes which occurred around midnight.

The Democratic Party of Kurdistan of Iran (PDKI) and the Iranian Kurdish nationalist group Komala have both confirmed bombings targeting their installations in this autonomous region of northern Iraq.

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Before dawn on Monday, the Iraqi state news agency INA also reported on Iranian raids, citing “Iranian missile strikes and drone strikes” versus “three Iranian opposition parties in Kurdistan” from Iraq.

Already on November 14, missile fire and drone strikes carried out by Tehran against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups left one dead and eight injured in Iraqi Kurdistan. Similar strikes had taken place on September 28.

The PDKI confirmed on Monday on Twitter to have been targeted at Koya and in Jejnikan, near Erbil, the regional capital of Kurdistan by “missile fire and kamikaze drones”.

“These indiscriminate attacks come at a time when the Iranian terrorist regime is unable to stop the ongoing protests in Kurdistan” of Iran, castigated the PDKI, the oldest Kurdish party in Iran founded in 1945.

Condemnation of the United States

The Iranian government accuses these opposition groups, long in its sights, of stoking unrest in Iran, which has been facing demonstrations since the death on September 16 of the young Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, arrested by the police of the manners in Tehran.

The US military command for the Middle East (Centcom) condemned in a press release “Iranian cross-border strikes” made by “missiles and drones” near Erbil. “Such indiscriminate and unlawful attacks endanger civilians, violate Iraqi sovereignty and undermine the security and stability (…) of Iraq and the Middle East”adds Centcom in a press release.

Tehran has stepped up its attacks on these Iranian Kurdish opposition groups since the protests began. In the past, several senior Iranian officials questioned the authorities in Baghdad and those in Erbil on this issue, asking them to neutralize this opposition. Installed in Iraq since the 1980s, these Iranian Kurdish factions are qualified as “terrorists” by the Islamic Republic, which accuses them of attacks on its territory.

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The World with AFP

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