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Iran

6 Iranian soldiers and deputy commander killed by Kurdish fighters

By Rudaw 16/6/2016
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least 6 Iranian Revolutionary Guards, including a deputy commander were killed in clashes with members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran in the Kurdish town of Shno on Wednesday, the group said.

"In fighting with the KDP-I, 6 Iranian soldiers were gunned down and 14 others wounded," Rostam Jahangiri, head of the KDPI political and military commission said.

According to information obtained by Rudaw, Haji Samad, deputy commander of the revolutionary guards in Shno is among the dead.

Clashes are reportedly ongoing today.

The Iranian security forces have used artillery in the area near Shno to fight back the Kurdish group.

In the meantime, Iranian state media IRNA reported that eight Kurdish rebels were killed in the fight.

More Iranian security forces have reportedly been dispatched from Piranshahr to Shno as reinforcement.

The KDPI and its other branches ceased armed activities against Iran some years ago to seek a political solution. But since the beginning of the year leaders say they have moved some of their fighters into towns and the border areas.

Similar confrontations between the Iranian government and Kurdish rebels took place last month in the villages of Sardasht province.

Shno is located in a mountainous area in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province.

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Help the Ezidis | 16/6/2016
It is clear that Iran has a theocratic dictatorship and it is clear that they are cruel against the Iranian Kurdish population, but the KDP-I has nor the weaponry nor the soldiers to fight against them. So be realistic and fight inside Syria or the KRG and save your own lives. It is a matter of time till the Iranian Kurdish part can be independant...
yad | 16/6/2016
KDP Iran just want Kurdish people to be freedom and stopping execution of political activists and nothing, but Iranian army are now starting to kill members of the part and arresting them in Eastern Kurdistan in Iran. I say Iran never stop executing and has never stopped before because of being the first country where the act of hanging out is happened
asf | 16/6/2016
Don't trust anything that comes out of PKK in Iran. If what they're saying is true where are the photos.
fermin | 16/6/2016
No this is KRG leadership sending a message to the Iranian regime that they can expect a lot more of this if they keep working against independence for South Kurdistan. The Kurdish leadership here have tried talking to the Iranians for a long time, it didn't work so now they use the same tactics the Iranian regime uses, they might understand that better. .
K | 16/6/2016
It will be in the interest of Iran and to save lives of both fighters on both sides and innocent people to recognise the Kurds as a separate entity and let the Kurds to live in peace as a good neighbour to Iran. The uprising has started and with the lessons learnt from previous revolts, this time is for real and the Kurds will succeed. Additionally, now more than ever before the Kurds in all the four parts of occupied Kurdistan are united. So, an advise from a wise man to Iran is to cut their loses and let the Kurds have their freedom without further bloodshed.

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