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2016 West Iran clashes - Kurds Fight for Freedom / Updates and Discussions

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April 2016–present clashes in West Iran refers to the ongoing military clashes between Kurdish insurgent parties Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), Komalah and Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) versus the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which began in April 2016. The clashes came following a background of what PDKI described as "growing discontent in Rojhelat". The commander of the PAK military wing described their engagement and declaration of hostilities against the Iranian government were due to the fact that "the situation in eastern Kurdistan (Iranian Kurdistan) has become unbearable, especially with the daily arbitrary executions against the Kurds".

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Further information: Kurdish separatism in Iran, Mahabad riots, and Kurdish nationalism

The PDKI had announced the "restart [of] armed resistance against the Islamic Republic of Iran" on February 25th. The PDKI explained that their return to arms was due to "growing discontent in Rojhelat". Commander of the PAK military wing described their engagement and declaration of hostilities against Iranian government due to the fact that "the situation in eastern Kurdistan (Iranian Kurdistan) has become unbearable, especially with the daily arbitrary executions against the Kurds".

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On 19 April 2016, PAK's armed Peshmerga units, named Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan (HAK-R), attacked Iranian government security forces in Sanandaj during annual Army Day Parade of Iran, claiming to have resumed the armed Kurdish national struggle.

On 4 May 2016, the PDKI Peshmerga engaged the Iranian security forces in Sardasht area, killing 8-10 soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Following the clash, the PDKI announced in its Twitter account that "A Peshmerga code of Resistance has been released in Eastern Kurdistan: "Lions Hunt, Hyenas Eat the Dead"". There were reports about the involvement of the Iranian air force in targeting the fighting positions of the rebel group, according to Kurdish sources.

On the following day Hussein Yazdanpana, the commander of the military wing of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in Iran, told Asharq Alawsat that their force will soon resume military operations against the Iranian government forces, “Iran is at the doorstep of a wide-scale armed uprising … that will include all off its cities”.

On 20 May 2016, Kurdish groups reported an Iranian military build-up along the Iraqi border, constructing new military forts along its borders with the Kurdistan Region and deploying extra troops to the area. Nine new forts have been built along the border, according to the Kurdish groups.

On 20 May, Authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran executed five Kurdish rights activists in the northwestern Urmia city. The Kurdish rights activists Naji Kiwan, Ali Kurdian, Haidar Ramini, Nadir Muhamadi and Ruhman Rashidi were arrested several days earlier on charges of “conspiring against the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

On 13 June 2016, it was reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ambushed and killed five members of the PJAK in the country’s northwest. The statement of Iran also said that the militants whom the IRGC killed, had assassinated two members of Iran’s paramilitary Basiji militia in May 2016, in the border-city of Sardasht, along with an engineer who was working for the IRGC on “development projects” in border areas. The clash between IRGC and PJAK came after many months of cease of hostilities between the sides and without explicit announcement of PJAK concerning the Kurdish militant movements' activity since April 2016.

On 16 June 2016, 6 IRGC security members including their commander were reportedly killed by Kurdish insurgents of the PDKI in Shno area according to statement of Rostam Jahangiri - head of the PDKI political and military commission. Iranian media reported 8 Kurdish insurgents dead in the event. Iranian artillery fire was reported in the area in the aftermath of the clash and Iranian reinforcements were dispatched into the area. In the aftermath of two day clashes in Shno, the PDKI reported 6 their members killed, claiming to bring down more than 20 IRGC members and wound 17. Iranian official statement acknowledged 3 Iranian security members and "12 terrorists".

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Time to support the Kurds against the Mullah and make the country burn from inside out as a pay out to what the Mullas did to the Syrian people.
 

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Mullah regime can't withstand these attacks if they became more broadly. Anybody can tell that the people are not happy there. :D

I think it just need a spark to spread the mess overall the country and many people will join to the Kurds. Good luck Iran.
 

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Kurdish Rebels Clash With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
By THOMAS ERDBRINKJUNE 27, 2016

TEHRAN — Kurdish rebels and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have engaged in armed clashes along the mountainous Iranian border with Iraq in recent days, raising tensions in the region, Iranian state television reported.

On social media, there are videos that purport to show the shelling of positions held by the rebels, the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran. While both groups claim to have killed over a dozen of their opponents, there are no reliable figures as yet, Iran’s state news agency, IRNA, reported.

The Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran has been striving for decades for independence in the Kurdish areas of western Iran. While many of Iran’s approximately six million Kurds feel strong connections to the nation, they speak a separate language and are mostly Sunni Muslims in a Shiite country. The Kurdish regions, like all Iranian border regions, are poor compared with Iran’s larger cities.

The rebels have clashed periodically with the Iranian armed forces, at times ambushing military patrols. They say some of their leaders were assassinated in Europe in the 1980s and ’90s, and that Iran has been executing activists linked to their cause.

The Guard Corps base in the region, Hamzeh Seyyed ol-Shohada, said in a statement on Saturday that the clashes were continuing in the area of Mahabad, a Kurdish city, and the Sarvabad border area. It said that a number of “terrorists linked to counterrevolutionary groups” had been killed in the fighting.

“The operation is underway for the destruction of the remaining terrorists,” the statement said.

President Hassan Rouhani visited the Kurdish region on June 1, promising the opening of Kurdish-language centers. “The mother tongue of ethnic groups, especially of Kurds, should be respected and recognized,” Mr. Rouhani said in a speech in Mahabad. On the same visit, the president inaugurated a petrochemical complex, one of the largest state investments in the region.

Mahabad was the capital of a short-lived modern Kurdish state, the Republic of Mahabad, established in 1946. That attempt at Kurdish statehood ended with a bloody crackdown by the Iranian monarchy.

One Iranian general, Mohammad Pakpour, said the rebels were supported by “reactionary states,” a label Iran uses for Persian Gulf kingdoms. Iran often accuses Sunni nations of supporting Sunni separatists groups against the government.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/w...utionary-guards.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
 
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