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No casualties in KDPI attack on PKK, following earlier deadly clash

By Rûdaw 24/5/2015
A KDPI Peshmerga speaks to Rudaw following clash.
A KDPI Peshmerga speaks to Rudaw following clash.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) said its forces attacked a checkpoint of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the Iran-Iraq border area of Kelashin, following a deadly clash earlier Sunday.

Sources reporting the attack said there were reportedly no casualties on either side in the latest incident, following two KDPI fighters' death in the earlier clash, also in the Kelashin area.

KDPI fighters briefly detained several PKK guerrillas in the second clash, releasing them unharmed and given an unknown message to take to their leaders, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a Rudaw reporter in the area said that tensions remained high between the two belligerents, with the KDPI congregated at Mount Saqar and the PKK force at Kelashin.

Saqar and Kelashin are two mountains facing each other in the Soran district of Erbil.

The sources said that a large KDPI force had arrived in the Barbazin area of Mount Saqar to reinforce 70 fighters stationed there.
“We are ready to withdraw in the contested area and we don’t want to even fire a bullet at the PKK guerrillas,” Sadiq Darweshi, a member of the KDPI’s central committee, told Rudaw. “But we will repel any kind of attack from any party,” he warned.

PKK fighters started surrounding a number of KDPI positions since Thursday, and had demanded the group leave the area. The KDPI, a party outlawed in Iran, has previously said it would not withdraw from the border region.

Kelashin is a mountainous area in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region that borders Iran to the east and Turkey to the west. The strategic middle region has often been the scene of the two groups’ guerrilla warfare due to its location, where air strikes are difficult.

The dispute is believed to have started when a KDPI force deployed to the border on May 10 with the intention of establishing a base in areas where the PKK was already entrenched.
The KDPI is a Kurdish-Iranian party that has struggled for Kurdish rights in Iran for decades. The group has been based in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region for more than 30 years.

The PKK is a Kurdish nationalist organization based in Turkey, but has been highly active in the Iranian border areas. It has been listed by the United States, the European Union and Turkey as a terrorist organization since the 1990s.


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Azad H- USA | 24/5/2015
This is a Big Shame on any Kurd to think of killing another Kurd no matter what the excuses are. Don't play this dangerous game ?
Rafi | 24/5/2015
Are you kidding me? What in the hell is wrong with the leaders of these two parties? Cmon Kurds! Were better than this! This is out of character of us! We have to defend our homeland against our enemies and our enemies is not our fellow oppressed Kurds. We have a very bright future and we have many great allies because what separates the Kurds from the rest of the bunch is we don't do any unethical stuff. I have news for both parties: none of the land belongs to us so you can't claim it. Wonderful things can be achieved with unity. We can't let a few traps that was set by the enemy take us back decades of hard work. Cmon Kurds! Your better than this! Talk it out like modern civilized people. Otherwise, will just be another group of violent muslims in the Middle East and we know 99% of Kurds are not that. Remember my fellow Kurds, there is no strength without unity. Shame on the Kurds that pulled the triggers and killed a fellow Kurdish father, mother, or daughter. Were all 1 group of people seeking the same thing--a home. Please let this be the last.
PKK is Pasdaran, sadly | 24/5/2015
PKK is simply an arm of Iranian intel and Quds force. For many years the PKK was sheltered and aided by hafez assad in Syria but only on one condition: the PKK had to do the regime's dirty work of suppressing movements for Kurdish independence in Rojava. PKK acted as the eyes of the syrian mukhabarat, working hand in glove, and many Kurds were disappeared, tortured, killed. If PKK is for Kurdish independence, why did it not oppose assad's killing of kurds in the 80s? Truth is that senior pkk commanders were in close contact with iranian intel, they are assets of the Pasdaran... nothing more, nothing less.
1 nation 1 army | 24/5/2015
Kurdistan needs one (1, Uno yek...) army and not 20. If you don't agree with this you're an idiot simple as that.
Egit Xosnav | 24/5/2015
Intersting that Rudaw, a KDP media outlet, keeps calling the PKK a nationalist organization, being listed as a terrorist organization, whereas it calls the KDP-I a Kurdish-Iranian part, struggling for Kurdish rights. Both fight for Kurdish rights and both are comparable in terms of legal status! At least now I know what to expect from the truth content of this article.

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