Iran bombards bases of Kurdish opposition parties in Kurdistan

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran bombarded several villages on the border between the Kurdistan Region and Iran, just few days after an Iranian commander threatened to target bases of the Kurdish armed groups. 

Esta Media Network reporter said the villages of Bolash, Born and Alana in Sidakan and Balakayati areas were targeted in the bombardment.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said Iranian warplanes and drones targeted its bases in Barbzin, Choman, Sidakan and Haj Omran.

It further said the aerial attack was followed by artillery and missile attacks.

No casualties were reported, it added.

On Monday, commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Mohammad Pakpour warned people of the Kurdistan Region to stay away from bases used by the Kurdish opposition parties on the border with Iran.

“Iraq and the officials of the northern region of this country have been given the necessary warnings,” he said.

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

In August, secretary of Iran’s top national security body Ali Shamkhani urged Iraq to expel the Kurdish opposition parties from the Kurdistan 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 Shamkhani, according to the state news agency IRNA.

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).

*This story was updated at 03:00 p.m. EBL time 

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