Iran asks Iraq to expel Kurdish groups from Kurdistan Region

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A senior Iranian security official urged Iraq on Tuesday to expel Iranian Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Region, or expect Tehran to take “preventative measures” against the armed groups, Iranian state media reported.

Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in the Region.

“We call on the Iraqi government to take more serious action to expel these groups from Iraqi Kurdistan so that Iran does not have to take preventative measures against…these armed terrorists,” said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s top national security body, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Shamkhani, who made the remarks at a meeting with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister

Fuad Hussein, did not refer to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

There are frequent clashes along Iran’s border with the Kurdistan Region between Iranian security forces and Kurdish armed groups such as the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

(Esta Media Network/Reuters)

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