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UPDATED: Iran shelling Kurdistan Region’s northeastern border

By Rudaw 17/9/2016

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iran has resumed shelling within the Kurdistan Region targeting Barbzinan area in Sidakan, a few kilometres within the Region’s northeastern borders in the Soran district of Erbil province Saturday morning, Rudaw's correspondent reported. 


Mustafa Mawludi, deputy secretary general of Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran (KDP-I), told Rudaw English that Iranian forces had been attacking locals in the border areas since Friday evening with light weapons. The attacks have continued up until six o'clock Saturday morning. This has led to the death of one kolbar (porter) he said. 

Mawludi said the shelling began only Saturday morning. He added that his party did not have any direct clashes Friday or Saturday with Iranian security forces.

The kolbar who was killed, according to Choman hospital in the Kurdistan Region, is named Salah Boraka. He is a Kurdish man from Iranian Kurdistan. Another Kurdish citizen who was with him, Khurshid Khasraw, was injured and received treatment in the hospital. 


According to our reporter on the ground, Bakhtyar Qadir, a drone was within view Saturday morning, flying around the area. He also said clashes had erupted in Garuymirachin village in Sidakan district and that gunfire could be heard. 

The shelling from Iran has not resulted in loss of life or injuries as of yet, but local people who live in the area are worried about their safety, Qadir reported. As a result of the shelling, some 70 families have been displaced.

Saturday morning the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said on its twitter account that “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary guard begun shelling PDKI bases and civilian populated regions this morning.”

Iran has shelled Kurdish areas inside Kurdistan Region on several occasions, with the pretext of the presence of armed Kurdish groups on its border. 

In June, five civilians were wounded in attacks in the same area, including three children. 

Last month, cross-border shelling caused the displacement of tens of families and burned of farmers’ fields. 


Daigle | 17/9/2016
Obama needs to call the Ayatowelhead and tell him to knock it off. Or fly a few jets over the area. Kurdistan is still in Iraq - does Iran want another war with Iraq?
Muraz Adzhoev | 17/9/2016
The KRG should officially appeal to the UN Security Council in order to take international political and diplomatic measures needed to stop Iran's aggressive military actions threatening security in the whole region, and also preventing or postponing the anticipated offensive of the US-led coalition to fully liberate Mosul and Nineveh province from ISIS terrorist radical forces. The KRG should act decisively so as the sovereign authority of de-facto independent and reintegrated Southern Kurdistan.
sandeep kumar | 17/9/2016
kurds are making everyone their enemies.... landlocked people who betray every country they live on, and have no friends.. I see a devastating joint Syrian-Turkish-Iranian military response to wipe clean any Kurdish entity not named KRG very soon after the Syria war ends
IranMan | 18/9/2016
PDKI terrorists should not setup their bases near the civilian population. That's the most cowardly act they can perform, and they do. Iran is not going to let a bunch of American-trained and controlled mercenaries to kill Iranians people including Kursds. ( has published articles about who's training/paying these terrorists straight from their leader's mouth).

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