Clashes break out between Kurds and Iranian forces on anniversary of ‘Kurdistan Republic’
Clashes broke out between Kurdish rebels and Iranian forces outside of the town of Mariwan during the 71th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Kurdistan on Friday.
“Clashes erupted 21:30 local time between Peshmerga and Iran’s IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guards] outside Mariwan, eastern Kurdistan,” the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) said in a statement. “The Kurdish flag was raised in Sardosh district in Mariwan,” the PDK-I added.
It was not immediately clear whether the clashes resulted in any casualties.
“A clandestine group called Zagros Eagles claimed the responsibility for the operation. It wasn’t PDK-I,” representative of the PDKI to the U.S., Arash Saleh, told.
The Republic of Kurdistan was a short-lived self-governing state founded in January 1946 in present-day Iran.
This is not the first time clashes erupted between fighters of Iranian Kurdish parties and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
On 8 January, the Zagros Eagles unit claimed responsibility for an attack on an IRGC base near Baneh, in western Iran.
Tensions have increased between Iranian Kurdish parties and the Iranian regime since the former decided to resume their armed struggle last year.
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 in Erbil on 26 December, 2016. At least five PDK-I members and two Kurdish security forces were killed in the twin bombing. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned the attacks.