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Tehran accuses Erbil of violating security arrangement along border

By Rudaw 6/7/2017
A Peshmerga fighter of the Iranian armed opposition guards a position in Kurdistan Region, only few kilometers away from the Iranian border in April, 2017. Photo: Rudaw TV
A Peshmerga fighter of the Iranian armed opposition guards a position in Kurdistan Region, only few kilometers away from the Iranian border in April, 2017. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Region is in violation of security arrangements with Tehran when it tolerates activities within its borders of armed Kurdish groups opposed to Iran, said an Iranian commander.
General Ahmadi-Far, spokesperson for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in western Iran, told Iranian media on Wednesday that the Kurdistan Region must control its border areas where the armed Kurdish groups are, as per a security arrangement between Erbil and Tehran.
His comments were made two days after Iranian artillery shelled the Balakati area of Kurdistan Region’s Choman town, injuring three people, including two Peshmerga of the Komala party of Iran.
Ahmadi-Far claimed they had reminded Kurdish authorities in the joint Erbil-Tehran security committee of their commitments two months ago. 
“The real question is either the dissolved groups opposed to the [Islamic] revolution are not complying with the commitments of the Region in the joint committee or the Region does not have the capability to control them,” Ahmadi-Far said.  
He added that it is the duty of Iranian diplomats in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to make sure that the security commitments of the Kurdish region are adhered to.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned shelling of its territory by Iran on Monday that forced the evacuation of three villages. 
The KRG stated on Monday that it would summon the Iranian consul.
"It comes at a time when we are committed to the basis of being good neighbors and not meddling in one another's affairs. We are not party to the problems between the Islamic Republic of Iran and opposition groups," read a statement from the KRG Monday evening. 
Ahmadi-Far said it is “meaningless” for the KRG to stay “neutral.”
“Stating neutrality on the issue of the movements of the mobsters against the border areas is against international agreements and conventions, good neighbourliness, as well as mutual security agreements, and is meaningless,” he stated.
Monday’s shelling targeted an area where three Kurdish armed groups opposed to Iran are present, the Iranian Democratic Party of Kurdistan (PDKI or HDKA), Iran's Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK, HDK), and the Komala party.  
Iran has shelled areas inside the Kurdistan Region on several occasions on the pretext of the presence of armed Kurdish groups on its border.    
The PDKI, which is considered Iran’s main armed Kurdish party, said in 2015 that it was giving up a two-decade ceasefire with the Iranian government and returning its guerrilla fighters to Iran, but that it would not initiate hostilities unless attacked. 
They also rejected a request from the Kurdistan Region last year “to stop armed attacks in Iran,” following rising tensions between Tehran and Erbil over the presence of the Kurdish armed groups in the border areas.   
Komala, whose three Peshmerga fighters were killed in clashes with Iranian security forces inside Iran in late June, revealed earlier in the year that it had resumed its armed struggle against Iran, becoming the third Kurdish party to do so since 2015.
Komala vowed that they will “avenge” the killings of their Peshmerga, adding that the time is very close to start a comprehensive armed struggle against Tehran.
Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, told a senior KRG delegation headed by Interior Minister Karim Sinjari visiting Tehran last year that the stability and security of the border between the Kurdistan Region and Iran is a “redline” for Tehran.
Mustafa Hijri, the head of PDKI, said last year that Kurdish officials from the KRG asked Iranian Kurdish opposition groups, including his party, “to stop armed attacks inside Iran, to avoid giving the Islamic Republic of Iran excuses to create problems for the Kurdistan Region.” But, he said “We rejected their demand.”
“We said we will carry on with our programs. We can no longer confine ourselves to a very limited number of political activities which unfortunately have achieved no results," Hijri said. 
Asked about the possibility of being pressured further by the KRG to change tactics, Hijri said then, “Day after day we are planning to decrease the number of fighters we are sending to Iran from the Kurdistan Region, and we are starting to organize people from within Iran. We have this plan that Peshmerga will no longer cross the border. We hope we will reach this stage in the very near future.”  

Hassan Sharafi, second-in-command of the PDKI, told Rudaw TV last July that his forces had silenced its guns against Iran for the sake of the Kurdistan Region. But he noted it “is not fair for one part of Kurdistan to sacrifice the interest of all other parts of Kurdistan for its own sake.”


duroi | 7/7/2017
The days of tyranny of Tehran against Kurds is over and if Iran Mullahs do not retreat to their hojreh and seminaries, they will be harshly dealt with for their 4 decades of Shiite repression. Once the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is labeled by US as a terror group, Kurds in Iran are more than ready to help the coalition to deal with it. Let's hold our horses for a few more months.
gamblingisbad | 7/7/2017
@duroi Playing foot soldiers for usa or israel is a dangerous gamble, irrelevant of mullahic regime. I hope kurds are not that simple to blindly follow anyone who promises them some candy, especially not when it goes against neighbours. If I'm not wrong Kurds are known to be bad gamblers.. reading their history.
Erbil man | 8/7/2017
Iranian Kurdish rebels are endangering our chances of stability. We have enough problems as it is. Iraqi government, possible return of ISIS, referendum, PMU etc.
jaf | 8/7/2017
duroi forget your heroic comment, first we must work to unite Kurds instead to have online warriors like you. How can you speak in the name of Kurdish fighter in your moms basement?

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