At least two Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed in Kurdish attack


Kurdish Peshmerga fighters of the PDKI in northwestern Iran. File photo

ARA News

The Kurdish rebel group of Zagros Eagles launched an offensive on headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Kurdish town of Mariwan, western Iran.

At least two IRGC members were killed and one was heavily injured and transported to a hospital, informed sources reported on Sunday.

Arash Saleh, representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in Washington, told ARA News: “They [Zagros Eagles] are an independent organization. They announced the anti-IRGC attack and our sources confirmed the occurrence of clashes and some casualties in Mariwan.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Zagros Eagles carry out more attacks during Newroz,” he added.

This year, the Iranian Kurdish parties are spreading the message of jamana, the scarf that the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters wear–which was banned by the Iranian government.

Iranian Kurds to Unite 

Six of the biggest Kurdish parties met two weeks ago in order to organize joint Kurdish New Year celebrations on 21 March and to organize a joint struggle to fight against the Iranian government.

The meeting came after Iraqi Shiite members of the parliament called on the Kurdish parties from Iran in February.

The meeting included the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I), all three factions of Komala, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP Iran), and Khabat.

All parties agreed that this is an Iranian plan. Iranian regime wants to weaken the Kurdish movement. After the meeting all parties created a commission to meet with Iraq’s Parliament factions,” said Aso Saleh, PDK-I representative in Sweden.

Tensions have increased between Iranian Kurdish parties and the Iranian regime since the former decided to resume their armed struggle last year. Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of funding and arming the Kurdish parties, something, which the parties have denied.

The parties are principally seeking an autonomous Kurdish government in Iran, analogous to the KRG in Iraq.

Iran retaliated by bombing the PDK-I offices near Erbil in the town of Koy Sanjaq on 26 December, 2016, killing at least six. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned the attacks.

The Iranian Kurds have called upon the new Trump administration to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.

The long ignored Iranian Kurds have been suppressed for decades with Iran allowing minimal cultural rights and hundreds of Kurds executed for political activities.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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