Kurdish rebels attack Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Sardasht

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in a training camp. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

ERBIL ــ Under the banner “the Peshmerga of Iranian Kurdistan”, a Kurdish rebel group attacked 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 on Wednesday. 

Local Kurdish activists confirmed that the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iran attacked headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the villages of Hamran, Myouni, and Sartaja [administratively linked to the township of Sardasht]. This led the Iranian forces to receive additional military reinforcements to the region in a bid to face the unexpected fierce offensive.

There were reports about the involvement of the Iranian air force in targeting the fighting positions of the rebel group, according to Kurdish sources.

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 last Friday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Tehran, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Kermanshah said: “Rassuming 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, especially in Syrian Kurdistan.”  

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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