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Kurdish guerrillas suspect Iran used chemical weapons against them

By Rudaw 11/10/2016
The East Kurdistan Defense Forces (YRK) published photographs of 12 of its fighters killed in Iran on October 4. Photo: PJAK
The East Kurdistan Defense Forces (YRK) published photographs of 12 of its fighters killed in Iran on October 4. Photo: PJAK
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iran may have used “chemical weapons” against 12 Kurdish guerrilla fighters killed on October 4 in clashes between Iranian security forces and the East Kurdistan Defence Forces (YRK) in western Iran, the group claimed on Tuesday adding that they will seek revenge for the deaths.

“The enemy with the intensive use of its air and ground forces attacked our comrades. There is a suspicion that chemical weapons may have been used. Also, according to the information we have obtained, there is a possibility that our comrades had been poisoned by mercenaries. That is why the Iranian forces were able to easily conduct an assault against our comrades and martyr 12 of our comrades,” reads a statement published on the website of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), the political wing of the YRK.

The YRK also published the names and photographs of all 12 fighters, men ranging in age from 19 to 34. 

The clash happened near Salasbajani town in Kermanshah, in western Iran.

The leadership council for PJAK said this incident, yet again proved that Iran had breached the terms of the ceasefire between the two sides.

PJAK called for limited “revenge attacks” within the scope of “defence and self-defence,” falling short of renewing an armed campaign against Iran. 

The YRK had confirmed the clash last week, saying it would release detailed information at a later date. 

The group said the clash occurred as a result of “a conspiracy” between Iranian forces and “affiliated gang groups.”

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) reported last Tuesday that they had killed 12 militants of a “terrorist” group near the Iraqi border, in the same area mentioned by the YRK. 

“The group of 12 militants were all killed and a significant amount of weapons and ammunition were seized from the terrorists,” the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour as saying.

Pakpour added that the clashes began at noon on Tuesday and lasted for hours in the town of Salasbajani in the Kermanshah province near the Iraqi border.

Pakpour also revealed that three Iranian soldiers were wounded in the confrontation.

He claimed that “the armed group…had plans to sneak into Iranian territory to cause insecurity.”

The IRGC commander described the group as “affiliated with the anti-revolutionary and terrorist groups that receive support from the US and the Zionist regime of Israel.”

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WeFugdedItUp | 11/10/2016
It is OK to fight behind women and children, to pretend being a civilian vehicle and then exploding yourself, OK to plant mines and bombs on roads against unsuspecting soldiers... But NOT OK to use disorienting gas? You wage a dirty war, you get a dirty war back. This is only the beginning. Eroding all kinds of humanitarian values have begun long ago. All together, we fudged up the region.
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Sargon Nineveh | 11/10/2016
No surprise here. Iran is part of the Axis of Evil. Period.
Non kurd | 11/10/2016
It wouldn't surprise me if the khamenei terror regime used chemical weapons against Kurds. This is all the more reason to oppose the nuke program.
Deek | 11/10/2016
Judging from the reports coming out it seems they were ambushed after being betrayed(druged). YRK are by far the most powerful opposition armed group inside Iran, they've silenced their guns for a long time inside Iran so this is a declaration of war, and it doesn't matter if it's a certain IRGC wing which wants to escalate things or the Iranian leadership, YRK has the capability to raise hell inside Iran like PKK is doing in Turkey. They better think long and hard before going though with this.
duroi | 12/10/2016
God bless them. The town is Salas-baba-jani, with many duRois living in the region.
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