Members of PDKI march in formation. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan claimed that Kurdish forces inflicted casualties on at least four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in West Azerbaijan province.
"Heavy clashes erupted between the Peshmerga Forces and the IRGC [Saturday night] in the village of Koke. In the ensuing battle at least four members of the IRGC were killed and injured," stated the KDPI on Sunday.
The Kurdish opposition party did not report any casualties and the IRGC haven’t confirmed the clashes or any damages on their part.
Regime forces have completely militarized the area and helicopters are constantly hovering over the mountains of Haji Karim, Besh Barmax, Kani Asman and Pemarray Farhad.
“Following the confrontations the IRGC attacked the defenseless people of the area and detained a number of them,” said in the Kurdistan Peshmerga Forces command in a statement.
Since June, KDPI and the IRGC have clashed several times. On June 23, one KDPI fighter and one IRGC member were killed during fighting in the border area of Piranshahr city.
Mountainous Koke is near the Kurdish city of Bokan in the West Azerbaijan province of Iran.
Armed Kurdish opposition parties have vowed to push deeper into Iranian Kurdistan in 2018 toward cities and population centers.
KDPI says that local residents have been "harassed and imprisoned" over the past week.
"For every act of violence against the Kurdish people by the Islamist regime Iran and its paramilitary terrorist forces, the Peshmerga will retaliate against the regime," added KDPI.
In nearby Kermanshah province, Nooriaw News Agency Director Mozaffar Valadbeigi was arrested by Paveh security forces, Kurdistan Human Rights Network reported on Monday.
PDKI's insurgency against the Islamic Republic was reignited after a ceasefire ended in 2015.