An Iranian Kurdish member of the (KDPI) sprays red paint on holes in a wall made by shrapnel from a rocket attack by IRGC, days earlier at the party’s headquarters in Koysinjaq, northern Iraq, Sept. 12, 2018. (AFP)

September 14, 2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s artillery for the fifth consecutive day has shelled northern areas in Iraqi Kurdistan where Iranian Kurdish rebels are said to have bases, Hengaw human rights group and the Democratic Party of Kurdistan said Monday.

The attacks which began Thursday on areas in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq have been accompanied by large concentration of Iranian forces on the border.

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, was quoted by government media as having brought up the issue of armed opposition groups on Iraqi territory during his meeting Sunday with Iraq’s President Mustafa Kadhimi in Tehran.

Iranian forces have for decades carried out cross-border attacks on Iranian Kurdish groups training and organizing peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. The Kurdish groups in turn have carried out sporadic attacks while maintaining a presence inside Iranian Kurdistan.

Generally Iraqi Kurdish authorities have tolerated the groups’ presence as long as they do not provoke a violent reaction from Tehran.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Monday said the attacks are directed “at positions of terrorists.

Kaveh Bahrami, head of armed wing of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan has said that government forces used 16 suicide drones in addition to artillery fire

Iran International

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