Iran shells Iraq’s Kurdistan region, targets Kurdish rebels

3 July 2017 – Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian artillery has shelled the Balakayati area of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Monday morning and according to local officials, one person has been wounded. The shelling began at 5:00 O’ Clock Monday morning, and continuing, local media reported.The mayor of Choman Ahmed Qadir told Rudaw that shelling is by Iran and mainly targeted the villages of Kuna Re and Kifarstan.Some of the mountainside and farm areas caught fire as a result of the shelling.In June, three Kurdish Komala fighters killed in Iranian Kurdistan clashes with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Sne.

In May Kurdish militant group from the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) killed two Iranian border guards and injuring 5 more others in an armed clashes in Iranian Kurdistan at the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, local Iranian media reported.Several Kurdish groups took up arms to establish a semi-autonomous Kurdish regional entities or Kurdish federal states in Iran, similar to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. It is reported the shelling was aimed at members of the Iranian Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDPI or HDKA) and Iran’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK, HDK) who are present on the border areas.

In November 2016, top military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi warned officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, specially Massoud Barzani, and his colleagues against cooperation with Saudi Arabia. “The Barzanis allow the Saudis’ consulate in Northern Iraq to supply weapons to Iranian anti-revolutionary forces and we warn them in this regard and the Barzanis should know that they owe to Iran,” he added.In July 2016, a senior advisor of the Iranian supreme leader issued new warnings against Saudi and Kurdish officials and accused them of “activating” armed opposition groups against Tehran.Ever since its emergence in 1979 the Islamic regime imposed discriminatory rules and laws against the Kurds in all social, political and economic fields.Iran’s Kurdish minority live mainly in the west and north-west of the country. They experience discrimination in the enjoyment of their religious, economic and cultural rights.