While protests against the regime continue in Iran, the Islamic Republic continues to accuse the Kurds of fueling the revolt. Iran targeted Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan on the night of Sunday Nov. 20 to Monday Nov. 21, a week after similar attacks, the groups and local officials said.
“The Revolutionary Guards [les forces iraniennes] bombed Iranian Kurdish parties again”the counter-terrorism services of Iraqi Kurdistan announced, without mentioning the toll of these attacks which occurred around midnight.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) and the Iranian Kurdish nationalist group Komala have both confirmed bombings against their installations in this autonomous region of northern Iraq.
Before dawn on Monday, Iraq’s state news agency INA also reported Iranian raids, citing “Iranian Rocket Attacks and Drone Attacks” versus “three Iranian opposition parties in Kurdistan” from Iraq.
Already on November 14, rocket launches and drone attacks carried out by Tehran against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups left one dead and eight injured in Iraqi Kurdistan. Similar strikes had taken place on 28 September.
The PDKI confirmed on Monday on Twitter for being targeted by Koya and in Jejnikan, near Erbil, the regional capital of Kurdistan “missiles and kamikaze drones”.
“These indiscriminate attacks come at a time when the Iranian terrorist regime is unable to stop the ongoing protests in Kurdistan” of Iran, criticized the PDKI, the oldest Kurdish party in Iran founded in 1945.
The Iranian government accuses these opposition groups, long targeted, of fueling unrest in Iran, which has faced demonstrations since the Sept. 16 death of Iranian Kurdish youth Mahsa Amini, arrested by costume police in Tehran.
The US Military Command for the Middle East (Centcom) condemned in a press release “Iranian Cross-Border Attacks” made by “missiles and drones” near Erbil. “Such indiscriminate and unlawful attacks endanger civilians, violate Iraqi sovereignty and undermine the security and stability (…) of Iraq and the Middle East”adds Centcom in a press release.
Tehran has stepped up its attacks against these Iranian Kurdish opposition groups since the protests began. In the past, several senior Iranian officials have questioned the Baghdad and Erbil authorities on this issue, asking them to neutralize this opposition. Installed in Iraq since the 1980s, these Iranian Kurdish factions qualify as “terrorists” by the Islamic Republic, which accuses them of attacks on its territory.