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Missile strike on Kurds in Koya was ‘message for enemies’: IRGC

By Rudaw 13/9/2018
A man sprays red paint in the pockmarks left by shrapnel in the wall of the KDP-I headquarters in Koya. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP
A man sprays red paint in the pockmarks left by shrapnel in the wall of the KDP-I headquarters in Koya. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s missile attack on Kurdish parties in Koya was a message to its enemies, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said.

“The IRGC’s recent revenge against terrorists had a very meaningful message for the enemies, particularly for the superpowers who assume that they can impose their dirty objectives and bullying on us,” Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said at a funeral in Tehran on Friday, Tasnim news reported. 

He touted their stockpile of missiles with an accuracy and range that give Iran “unmatched capabilities.”

The strike on the PDKI and KDP-I was a demonstration of their precision, he explained. 

The IRGC fired seven surface-to-surface missiles at the Iranian-Kurdish headquarters in Koya on Saturday. Seventeen people were killed, including several party leaders, and 46 were injured in the attack. 

PDKI and KDP-I seek greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Iran. They resumed their armed struggle against the Iranian regime a couple of years ago. 

Tehran frequently accuses the US and Saudi Arabia of backing the parties that are based in the Kurdistan Region. 

The US condemned the attack with Vice President Mike Pence calling KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. And State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert described Iran as a “bad actor in the region,” dubbing the missile strikes “clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.”

British Ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Wilks expressed concern about Iran’s threatening language. 

“I think it is much better that we talk the language of diplomacy than the language of threats. I don’t think that sort of language is going to have a positive effect. I don’t think it’s going to have a positive effect on Kurds, on Iraqis in general, or on the international community,” he told reporters in Erbil on Thursday. 

The UK remains party to the nuclear deal with Iran that the US withdrew from earlier this year and maintains full diplomatic relations with Tehran. Wilks argued that places the UK in an ideal situation to help calm the situation so that Iraq “doesn’t get dragged into this tense atmosphere at the moment between Iran and the United States.”

“But we should make clear that we share, and we share with many countries, concerns about Iran’s role in the region, about its ballistic missile program, about the way it has used the extra resources that it got went sanctions were lifted in recent years. We have to be clear with the Iranians on this,” he said.

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crax | 13/9/2018
iran definitly took everyone by surprise and showed they not bluffing
FAUthman | 13/9/2018
look at the US arsenal of military bases surrounding Iran. Good luck Iran dealing with that. This US vs Iran confrontation will remain to be a battle of words and sanctions and will keep US stationed in Kurdistan in Iraq and Syria for a long time to the benefit of the Kurds and everyone else in both countries. Wait and see what the US, now determined to be present in Rojava Syria will achieve not only for the Kurds there but for all Syrians over there. Tuck tail and head to the exit doors again by the US military aint gonna happen esp now that the Saudis and other Gulf countries are making a real contribution to reconstruction of eastern Syria!
Wasy | 13/9/2018
Yes and it will be answered by God, hopfully soon, and I don't think you're going to like his answer
Muraz Adzhoev | 13/9/2018
The IRGC commander said that the missile attack on the Kurdish parties in Koya was “a very meaningful message for the enemies, particularly for the superpowers who assume that they can impose their dirty objectives and bullying on us”. It’s very well known that actually there are only two military and political superpowers in the world. The IRGC commander obviousely recalled that the two superpowers enemies of IRI are US - “great satan” and RF - “small satan”. The “revolutionary” regime of IRI loses mind and reason, because it fells into a deep state of anxious shock, because independent (Southern+Western) Kurdistan is coming near. Relatively Turkey at least looks more reasonable.
duroi | 14/9/2018
These terrorist moves by Iran prove the point that the UN removal of Iran from the provisions of chapter 7 was a fatal mistake for the peace in the world. Iran should be placed again under chapter 7 and a no fly zone and drive zone to be set up west of 50 E Mer line in Iran to further limit the range of its missiles threatening regional countries.

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