Iran launches new strikes against Kurdish groups in Iraq

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said Iran had targeted it with missiles and suicide drones in Koya and Jejnikan, near Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Published: 21st November 2022 10:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2022 10:37 AM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only. (Photo | AFP)

Image used for representational purpose only. (Photo | AFP)


ARBIL: Iran launched fresh strikes against Kurdish opposition groups based in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan late Sunday, a week after similar attacks on the factions Tehran accuses of stoking the protests rocking the Islamic republic.

Iran has been shaken by two months of protests sparked by the death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in custody days after her arrest by the morality police for allegedly breaching the country's strict dress code for women.

Iran's "Revolutionary Guard Corps have again bombarded Iranian Kurdish parties", the counter-terrorism department of Iraqi Kurdistan said, without mentioning if there were casualties.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said Iran had targeted it with missiles and suicide drones in Koya and Jejnikan, near Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

"These indiscriminate attacks are occurring at a time when the terrorist regime of Iran is unable to stop the ongoing demonstrations in (Iranian) Kurdistan," the PDKI, the oldest Kurdish party in Iran, said.

Iranian Kurdish nationalist group Komala said strikes had also targeted its installations in northern Iraq.

"Our HQ was once again attacked by the Islamic Regime tonight. We've been carefully prepared for these types of attacks & have no losses for the moment," it said on Twitter.

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The US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East, condemned the "illegal" Iranian strikes near Arbil.

"We condemn this evening's Iranian cross-border missile and unmanned aerial vehicle strikes," Centcom commander General Michael Kurilla said in a statement.

"Such indiscriminate and illegal attacks place civilians at risk, violate Iraqi sovereignty, and jeopardise the hard-fought security and stability of Iraq and the Middle East."

The Iraqi state news agency INA early Monday also reported on the attacks, referring to "Iranian missile and drone strikes" against "three Iranian opposition parties in (Iraqi) Kurdistan".

Turkish air raids 

The latest Iranian attacks come a day after Turkey carried out air raids against outlawed Kurdish militants in Iraqi Kurdistan and northern Syria.

The Turkish offensive targeted bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara blames for a blast in central Istanbul a week ago that killed six people and wounded 81.

The PKK has waged a bloody insurgency in Turkey for decades and is designated a terrorist group by Ankara and its Western allies. It has denied involvement in the Istanbul explosion.

The new Iranian strikes come less than a week after similar cross-border attacks by Tehran that killed at least one person.

Tehran accuses Kurdish-Iranian opposition groups based in northern Iraq of stoking the "riots" at home and has stepped up its attacks since the protests began.

Iran launched attacks in late September that killed more than a dozen people in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

Iraqi Kurdistan hosts several Iranian Kurdish opposition groups which have in the past waged an armed insurrection against Tehran.

In recent years their activities have declined, but the wave of protests in Iran has again stoked tensions.


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