Eight Iranian forces killed, 60 wounded in Kurdish attack

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Iranian Kurdish female members of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keep a position in Dibis. File photo: AFP

ARA News

ERBIL ــ The Peshmerga of Iranian Kurdistan [a Kurdish rebel group active in Iran’s northwest] started on Wednesday an armed campaign against key positions for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in several villages in the vicinity of the mainly Kurdish city of Sardasht north-west of the country, informed sources reported.

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iran attacked headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the villages of Hamran, Myouni, and Sartaja [administratively linked to the township of Sardasht]. The Iranian forces received additional military reinforcements to the region in a bid to face the unexpected fierce offensive by the Kurdish rebel group. 

Speaking to ARA News in Sardasht, Kurdish journalist Saman Sardashti said that the recent fighting between the Kurdish rebels and the Iranian forces left dozens of dead and wounded in the ranks of the latter.

The clashes were focused in the area of Ribad near the city of Sardasht [southwest of Lake Urmia] in the Urmia province, a mainly Kurdish area in north-western Iran.

The Kurdish journalist revealed that at least eight Iranian troops were killed and 60 more were wounded during the Peshmerga-led attack. “Three of the dead militants were Iranian Kurds who were fighting alongside Iranian government forces,” he told ARA News.

“Members of the Peshmerga forces had returned to their bases, without reports of casualties in their ranks despite Iranian use of various kinds of weapons, including tanks, guns, helicopters, armors,” according to Sardashti. 

The commander of the military wing of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in Iran, Hossein Yazdan Banna, had announced earlier that the Kurdish force will soon resume its military operations against the Iranian government forces, pointing out that “Iran is to face a wide armed uprising”.

“After a break of ten years, our armed cells in the Iranian Kurdistan, namely the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), began their military operations against Iranian forces,” Banna said in a statement two weeks ago.

Speaking to ARA News in Tehran, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Kermanshah said: “Resuming the fight against Iran has come late but it was inevitable; the situation in eastern Kurdistan [Iranian Kurdistan] has become unbearable, especially with the daily arbitrary executions against the Kurds.”

“Iranian authorities continue their campaign of arrests and harassment against our people in the eastern part of Kurdistan,” he said.

Kermanshah expressed his fear that “the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) may hinder the PAK-led operations against Iranian authorities due to the PKK’s good relations with Tehran which provides the group [PKK] with remarkable support.” 

Kurdish organizations and political parties say that the Iranian authorities are cracking down on the Kurds in Iran and prevent them from practicing their legitimate national rituals and cultural rights.

Reporting by: Sozbin Celeng

Source: ARA News

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