A fighter stands in the Zagros Mountains near the Iran-Iraq border. Photo: Tasnim
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Two Iranian forces were killed near the Iraq-Iran borders in Sardasht in Iraniana Kurdistan on Tuesday night, with Iranian media accusing Kurdish groups and a Kurdish party claiming the clash was between the IRGC and other Iranian forces.
The two were killed clash with "anti-revolution groups" in Bewran village in Sardasht, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.
Yousef Piraneh, a military commander, and Mahbob Qorbani, a soldier, were identified as the two Iranian forces. Iranian media accused Iran's Kurdish armed groups of this clash; however, no opposition groups have claimed responsibility.
"We cannot confirm this clash, but we are following the news," Mohammed Salih Qadiri, a PDKI representative in Erbil, told Rudaw English on Wednesday.
KDP in Iran (PDK-I) announced that the clash was between IRGC and other internal Iranian forces.
The three Kurdish provinces of Iran including West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah have witnessed deadly clashes with opposition parties and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in recent years.
The IRGC is responsible for border security. Tasnim news agency, which is close to the IRGC, pointed out that its forces have come under attack previously by the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) — considered to be PKK's offshoot in Iran.
In 2015, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran announced it was ending a two-decade ceasefire. It launched military operations inside Iran that has resulted in casualties from both sides. These groups had a long military struggle in 1980s, but since the 1990s they have mostly remained in the Kurdistan Region and considerably decreased military operations.
The Islamic Republic accuses these groups of separatism while these groups blame the regime for not respecting the rights of Kurds in Iran.
Last updated at 12:02 p.m.