At least one person has died in a series of bombings carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard against positions of Kurdish groups in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan Iraqi government, amid a military response to allegations of Tehran for the role of these formations in the protests that have been taking place since September in the country over the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, Arrested for allegedly wearing the veil incorrectly.
According to information collected by the Iranian television channel Al Alam, among the bombed targets there are positions of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDKI) Y komala in the towns of Koya and Baharka, located in the region of Erbil, where the capital of the semi-autonomous region (north) is located.
The PDKI confirmed on its Twitter account that a party member was killed in the attacks. “The terrorist Revolutionary Guard of Iran has attacked two PDKI bases with suicide missiles and drones,” he said, hours after posting a statement on his website in which he denounced that two refugee camps in Koya and Jejnikan.
“These indiscriminate attacks are taking place at a time when Iran’s terrorist regime is unable to contain the demonstrations in (Iranian) Kurdistan. Anti-regime demonstrations have spread to hundreds of cities and villages from north to south, east and west of Iran. Many protesters have been killed or injured at the hands of the terrorist Revolutionary Guard,” he stated.
Thus, the PDKI stressed that it “condemns in the strongest terms” the bombings and asked the international community to “support the kurdish peopleeither”. “We call on the international community to make the Iranian regime be accountable for these attacks,” the Kurdish party’s International Relations Office said.
In turn, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry indicated that “the repeated attacks carried out by Iranian and Turkish forces with missiles and drones against the Kurdistan region are a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and an act that contravenes international conventions and laws that regulate relations between countries”.
Thus, a statement published on its website indicated that these bombings “also violate the principle of good neighborliness, which should be a reason to seek participatory security at the service of all parties.”
“The Government of Iraq underlines that the territories of Iraq are not a base or corridor to cause harm to any of the neighboring countries and rejects that Iraq is a terrain for conflict and settling accounts between external parties,” stressed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iraqi.
For his part, the commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), Michael Kurilla, condemned “cross-border missile and drone attacks near Erbil in Iraq.” “These indiscriminate and illegal attacks put civilians at risk, violate Iraqi sovereignty and jeopardize the hard-won security and stability of Iraq and the Middle East,” he said.
The attacks took place days after the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard, Esmail Qaani, will threaten ground operations against Kurdish opposition groups based in Iraq. In the past week two died people in shelling and drone strikes by Iran against the PDKI headquarters in Koya, while similar attacks in September killed 16 people.
The Government of Iraq last week condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks with artillery and drones carried out by Iran and pointed out that “this unilateral and hostile position will not be a factor in achieving solutions that lead to stability”. among Tehran’s criticisms of baghdad for the operations of these groups.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard suspended these operations on October 10 after “having destroyed the predetermined targets”. “The continuation of the attacks will depend on the future behavior of the authorities in the northern region of Iraq,” the Revolutionary Guard said at the time.
Iranian authorities have accused Kurdish opposition groups of fueling recent protests in the country over Amini’s death, which have been centered in the Kurdistan region. Iran has some seven million kurdswhich represents about a 10% of its population. Most live in the Kurdistan region, located in the northwest of the country, next to the border with Iraq.
For its part, Turkey has made bombing for months against PKK bases in the area and has intensified its offensive after the attack perpetrated on November 13 in istanbul, which resulted in six deaths. Ankara has accused the Kurdish group of the event, which has disassociated itself from it.
In this sense, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned on Monday of the possible start of a ground operation in Syria and Iraq to combat the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units (YPG)which maintains ties with the said group and which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
(With information from Europa Press)