Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in a training camp. Photo: ARA News
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ERBIL – Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) attacked the Iranian government forces during annual Army Day parade in Iran earlier on Sunday, officials reported.
“The Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan (HAK-R) ended their ceasefire with the Islamic republic [of Iran] this year,” Rezgar Abaszade, director of communication for the group, told ARA News.
“Our forces have attacked Iranian army in Sanandaj [on 17 April] and killed two of them, injuring four that were taken captive. Moreover, two cars were destroyed,” he said, suggesting the operation was a success.
The PAK Peshmergas are led by Hussein Yazdanpaneh, whose party was established in 1991.
The PAK Peshmergas have fought over 2 years against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Peshmerga frontlines, but now Yazdanpaneh said in a statement during the Kurdish new year [Newroz] last month that they will also fight for “freedom in Eastern Kurdistan” –Kurdish region of Iran.
PAK created the new Peshmerga group ‘Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan’ to fight the Iranian government.
“The Iranian government has oppressed the Kurds for 32 years, and we have started to use our Peshmerga forces to confront them,” the spokesperson Abaszade told ARA News.
The Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi announced they arrested a person trying to plant explosives in Western Iran. However, HAK-R denied that any forces have been arrested.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News