IRGC launches strikes against targets in Sidakan: PDKI

Smoke rises after Iran bombards a mountainous area in Bradost region, September 10, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran’s revolutionary guards carried out airstrikes against targets in the region of Sidakan in the Kurdistan Region on Saturday, a Kurdish opposition party said.

“Iran’s terrorist IRGC have carried out aerial attacks for a third day in a row targeting civilian regions of Barbzin and Sidakan,” Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan said in a tweet, citing its Peshmerga forces.

On Sept. 6, 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.

On Thursday and Friday, Iran bombarded several villages in Sidakan, Balakayati and Bradost areas, using warplanes, drones and artillery.

The PDKI said there were no casualties in the attack.

The Kurdish opposition party said its Peshmerga forces had shot down a bomb-laden drone belonging to the IRGC in the Bradost region.

PDKI-affiliated Zagros Eagles group vowed on Friday to avenge the attacks on Kurdish people.

“All forms of military aggression against the Kurdish people will be avenged,” the PDKI said on Twitter, citing the group.

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).

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