Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iran

Iran promises 'harsh' response for Kurdish groups after deadly border clashes

By Rudaw 6/1/2018
KDPI fighters maintain their rifles as part of a military exercise near Koye, Kurdistan Region, on August 23, 2017. Photo: Safin Hamed | AFP
KDPI fighters maintain their rifles as part of a military exercise near Koye, Kurdistan Region, on August 23, 2017. Photo: Safin Hamed | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The minister of Iranian intelligence has issued a harsh warning to “anti-revolutionary forces,” promising revenge after the death of three members of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. 

Iranian security forces “will soon conduct a harsh response against terrorist and anti-Revolutionary groups,” Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi on Saturday while at the funeral of the three slain Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iranian Tasnim news agency reported. 

 

It comes after clashes on Wednesday near Piranshahr between the Kurdish PDKI and the IRGC


Rostam Jahangiri, a commander from PDKI, said the clashes happened when a unit of Iranian security forces “attacked” Zewe village in Piranshahr. PDKI says it fights defensively.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan claimed it killed six members of the IRGC for harassing Kurdish villagers, while the IRGC later announced that three of their members were killed in clashes by “anti-revolutionary forces.”

Piranshahr, in West Azerbaijan province, is about 7 kilometers east of the border with the Kurdistan Region near the Haji Omran crossing. 

The clash came as anti-government protests had taken place across dozens of Iranian cities, including in Kurdish cities, starting on December 28. People took to the streets to protest high unemployment, corruption, inflation, and expensive food items. Some have also called for a regime change. At least 21 people have been killed.

All Kurdish parties opposed to Iran have expressed their support for the protests.

“The International community must support people in their struggle for democracy in Iran,” wrote Mustafa Hijdri, the head of PDKI, in a tweet on Wednesday. 

Kurdish fighters who operate inside Iran close to urban areas are called Urban Peshmerga, a unit that engaged in fighting in Piranshahr. Other fighters are stationed in the mountains located inside the Kurdistan Region.

PDKI, the main armed Kurdish group opposed to the Iranian state, party ended a two-decade ceasefire in 2015 with the objective of deploying armed Peshmerga to north and northwestern parts of Iran where millions of Kurds live.

The PDKI announced in December that for 2018 it would employee a new strategy that will bring Peshmerga fighters closer to their homes across the mountains. They believe the Kurdish people will be more vocal to demand their rights if they are supported by their Peshmerga in the mountains.

Roadside bombs resembling rocks on the day of the graduation of a Komala Peshmerga unit, another major Kurdish party from Iran, in Sulaimani were found on December 30. The party blamed Iranian agents. 

Komala is a leftist political party of Iranian Kurdistan that is engaged in armed struggle against the Iran government. It has bases within the Kurdistan Region and positions around Mount Halgurd.

Mohsen Rezaee, who heads an advisory board that reports to the Supreme Leader of Iran, on Saturday accused the Kurdistan Region for housing a base for CIA plots in support of the recent protests. The KRG rejected “this baseless accusation.”

Comments

 
Jagerxin Derashy | 8/1/2018
It’s amazing how free world sty silent and in some cases provide support I mean tanks!! And advanced weapons to the roots of all terror organisations in the world to kill thousands of Kurds and take over tens of Kurdish town and city’s, but after Kurds are terrorists?! Some times I think we maybe going back to 18th centuries!

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Hhsh | 11/15/2018 7:23:15 AM
Wow great move turkey. NOT killing the PKK is one thing but targeting them and killing peshmerga even if by accident BIG MISTAKE!
Turkish airstrikes kill at least 3 people including Peshmerga in Amedi
| 15/11/2018 | (1)
The Reader | 11/14/2018 10:34:54 PM
Who can explain why does the USA fear Erdogan? Turkey hates and humiliates the Americans while the US, fearful, bows to Turkey and behaves ...
Tahir Fatah | 11/15/2018 6:09:44 AM
MR. ROMANO, I ALL WAYS APPRECIATE YOUR GRATE AND INTERESTING ARTICLES LEARN A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF THE LAND WHERE I CAME FROM...
Erdogan, Ottomanism and Turkish nationalism a century after WWI
| 14/11/2018 | (4)
Yassir Fekaiki
Yassir Fekaiki | 11/14/2018 3:37:53 PM
He should contact Bafel Talabany' and his Cunter Terrorists Group who own and use the real $500,000 ones for fun on London streets with Registration...
Saleha Bhayat | 11/15/2018 2:02:12 AM
Well Done on building your super car.
Kurdish chop shop builds homemade Lamborghini
| 14/11/2018 | (2)
JamKurd | 11/15/2018 12:43:11 AM
This Daesh SOB should be delivered to the Kurds to be executed with families of the Peshmarga martyred participate in tightening the noose around...
Senior ISIS leader confesses to capturing, parading Peshmerga
| 14/11/2018 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Kirkuk oil deal could strengthen Kurdish hand in Iraq budget talks: MP 4 hours ago |

Kirkuk oil deal could strengthen Kurdish hand in Iraq budget talks: MP

50,000-100,000 bpd are expected to be exported more
Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria: monitor 5 hours ago |

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria: monitor

"Highest death toll in coalition airstrikes" more
Iraq PM meets fishmongers after fish deaths ruin trade 6 hours ago |

Iraq PM meets fishmongers after fish deaths ruin trade

Thousands of fish died mysteriously in the more
0.407 seconds