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A bold move: KDPI Peshmerga enter Iranian Kurdish city, group says

By Rudaw 17/9/2015
KDPI Peshmerga fighters. Photo: Rudaw
KDPI Peshmerga fighters. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—To commemorate the death of the group’s former leader Peshmerga fighters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) crossed Iran’s borders Wednesday night and entered the city of Shino to a hero’s welcome by local residents.

The KDPI media reported that the Peshmerga entered Shino on the 23rd anniversary of the ‘assassination’ of the group’s former leader Sadeqh Sharafkandi.

The group said its Peshmerga fighters had entered Tachniwe district of Shino where they had sung the Kurdish national anthem of Ay Raqib and other revolutionary songs through a mosque’s loudspeakers.

Others had marched into the Saydabad district, singing tributes to Sharafkandi.

Sharafkandi was killed in Berlin in 1992 along with Fatah Abdoli, Humayun Ardalan and Nuri Dehkurdi in what the KDPI described the work of Iranian agents.

The KDPI reported on its official website that local residents of Shino and surrounding villages welcomed the Peshmerga with chants of “Long Live Democrats”, the local term for the KDPI.

Shino is a major Kurdish city in Western Iran in the West Azerbaijan province.

The KDPI said its Peshmerga had briefly exchanged fire with a number of local vigilantes working for the government.

In the last two decades the KDPI has ceased armed activities against Iran though in recent months its fighters have returned to the border and resumed small-scale clashes with Iranian border guards.

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bob@hamil.com | 17/9/2015
Biji democrat!
Rafi | 17/9/2015
STAND UP KURDISTAN!
Ala Rangin | 17/9/2015
LOVE U ALL! STAND FOR WHAT U ARE AND NOT WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO BE! LONG LIVE KURDISTAN! // Ala Rangin
Sna | 18/9/2015
"The KDPI said its Peshmerga had briefly exchanged fire with a number of local vigilantes working for the government." These are kurdish people working for the goverment of Iran. Thats why we do not have a country of our own.
SHINO,-SPRING 1976 | 18/9/2015
In spring 1976 I was in Shino for some days.Later I was put in jail for no othor reason than being a Kurd,though I carried letters from the Iranian ambassador in Madrid introducing me to significant high authorities.After 12 days in prison I was released and told to leave the country in 24 hours.Our fight is not against one regime or another,it is against the tyranical foreign rule. Long live the Kurdish Nation.
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