The Iranian regime again bombed Kurdish groups in northern Iraq

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A Kurdistan Freedom Party base was attacked in the Altun Kupri area. Tehran accuses him of fueling the demonstrations that broke out over the death of the young Mahsa Amini

Iran's regime again bombed Kurdish groups in northern Iraq

Smoke rises from Freedom Party headquarters of Kurdistan (PAK) in Iraqi Kurdistan, after the attack by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq, on September 28, 2022. (REUTERS/Ako Rasheed/File Photo)

The Iranian regime used drone attacks again on an Iranian Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Tuesday, a spokesman for the group and two security officials said.

Attacks hit the Kurdistan Freedom Party in and around Altun Kupri, an area close to Iraqi Kurdistan, an Iraqi Kurdish military official and a local police source told AFP.

“We had taken our precautions and emptied the place. No casualties” , said a spokesman for the attacked faction, Khalil Nadri.

“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed rockets at Iranian opposition groups in two areas,” a Kurdistan autonomous government spokesman, Lawk Ghafuri, said on Twitter.

The spokesman cited the city of Perdi (Kurdish name for Altun Kupri) and the Degala region, east of Erbil, the Kurdistan regional capital.

Installed in Iraq since the 1980s, these Iranian Kurdish groups have been described as “terrorists” by Tehran, which accuses them of launching attacks against its territory.

On Sunday and on November 14, the Islamic Republic has already fired missiles and attacked with drones the positions of Kurdish opposition groups located in Iraq, causing at least two deaths and several injuries.

“Cross-border” attacks

of the young Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini while in police custody of morality.

In the past, senior Iranian leaders have called on authorities in Baghdad and Erbil that they neutralize these opposition groups installed in the neighboring country since the 1980s and considered “terrorists” by Tehran.

After a long armed insurrection, these groups, far to the left politically, have almost completely paralyzed their military activities, experts say.

On Sunday, the US military command for the Middle East (Centcom) condemned in a statement “the Iranian cross-border attacks” and said that they “endanger civilians and violate Iraqi sovereignty”.

Kurdish movements are not only in the crosshairs of Tehran. In recent days, Turkey has also launched airstrikes against positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in Syria e Iraq.

A series of raids on Sunday against Kurdish positions in northern Syria and Iraq left at least 37 dead, according to the NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Tuesday that a ground operation by the army Turkey in Syria will start “soon, God willing”.

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