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Renewed clashes between Iran's IRGC and Kurdish fighters prove fatal

By Rudaw 6/8/2017
HDKA fighters in the mountains of Kurdistan along the Iran-Iraq border. Photo: HDKA
HDKA fighters in the mountains of Kurdistan along the Iran-Iraq border. Photo: HDKA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — In northwestern Iran, the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) skirmished with a group of Kurdish fighters, resulting in fatalities and injuries on both sides.

“A team of forces which is against the Islamic Republic of Iran was destroyed in the Urmia province while trying to enter the Iranian territory,” Mohammed Pakpur, an infantry commander of the IRGC, also known as the Pasdaran, was quoted as saying by its Tasnim News.

The fighting occurred in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan Province in the area of Piranshahr around 11 on Saturday night. Piranshahr is less than 8 kilometers from the border with the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.

Rostam Jahangiri, head of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (HDKA) military commission, told Rudaw that their Peshmerga were ambushed by the Iranian forces and incurred damages.

The Pasdaran commander said they confronted an unnamed armed group, claiming to have killed two of them and arresting four injured members.

HDKA claimed killing five Iranian soldiers and wounding four more.

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 HDKA, also known as 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.


Hoshyar Zaxoy | 6/8/2017
The Christians should not be naive to say that Kurds attacked them in Semel just because the army commander was Kurdish at the time. Saddam also used Kurdish jash for Anfal. One should also note that Iraqi army attacked Christians because of their armed uprising which was futile to begin with. It is time that they and Kurds live together in a free independent Kurdistan and forget about their past favour with Baath regime. I am pretty sure that they will be safe as long as they don't go for another uprising or spread lies against Kurds to western media.
Kurdo | 7/8/2017
Iranian regime has alot of kurdish snitches, thats why. Like when a snitch posioned food that PJAK members died off. i think it was like 6 people or something, last year. I personally do not trust any non-kurmanc in Iran.
Hamid Sayadi | 7/8/2017
Kurds of Iran NOT winning because they are too fat to fight! burgewazi of few cities gathered in Iraqi Kurdistan,
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